Mindfulness and existentialist writings in an age of anxiety

Compassion Monk Manifesto

We are taught to believe that we should stop listening to that little voice with a dream inside ourselves. We are taught to follow the rules and behave ourselves. Don’t be an artist, creative, free thinker, rebel or entrepreneur; many of us are told. Live someone else’s dream, get a job, play it safe, and someday maybe you’ll get to retire and do the fun things you’ve always wanted to do.

They told you if you followed your dreams, you’d be poor and miserable. But I’ve come to the realization that if you don’t listen to that inner voice or come to terms with it in some way you’ll still end up being a poor ol soul and you’ll always be miserable inside.

So forget the advice of those who don’t know where you are going. They don’t have your best interest in mind anyway. Surround yourself with people who shape the world and refuse to be shaped by it.

This is your one and only life. Make use of it, shake a leg, stay up late, take calculated risks, read meaningful and inspiring books, and break a rule or two.

Stop caring so much about what others think, but at the same time pay attention to the advice of people who are where you want to be. Ask those people what it cost them to be where they are and whether they enjoyed the journey.

Stop making excuses for why you can’t follow your dreams. Take accountability for the choices you make and blame no one for your current situation. Live with grace, joy, and compassion. Be willing to help others along the way.

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