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Why You Don't Need to Change the World

By Marc Angelo Coppola / collective-evolution.com
Aug 16, 2016
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Why You Don't Need to Change the World

Let’s say you’ve found a new sense of awareness or elevated consciousness —  suddenly you feel connected to the beauty of the world, you understand yourself better, and you’re filled with a drive to become better, to nurture yourself and the world around you.

But when you take a look at the world with your new eyes you also recognize it is in shambles, people are unhappy, and you even have much less freedom than you once believed. Even worse, your job or employment is no longer good enough — it’s neither fulfilling you nor humanity! You need to do something drastic to make a difference, right? Not necessarily.

Why? Because the world’s beauty depends on a constant state of balance.

And it’s once you yourself and each of us find the most balance in our own lives that the world too will become that much better.

Now, what do I mean by balance?

Balance comes from more than just nailing a pose during a weekly yoga session. Balance is something that can be achieved through your way of life. I’m sure you’ve heard this concept before or at least some quoted version of it by the wise philosophers of the past, but let’s break it down into what it means for us now.

Can there be darkness without light? Does one not exist only because of the other? Imagine the world was perfect (difficult, I know). Imagine there’s no inequality or injustice, no unhappiness, just complete bliss, and maybe even unicorns. The simple fact that we have ability to dream up this kind of world is only possible because of the chaotic world we live in now.

Our awareness of our problems means we can also create solutions for them. These come in the form of amazing inventions, transcendent art, evolving culture, and even these moments of enlightenment. I’m not sure about you, but I for one wouldn’t want to live in a world where I couldn’t experience those ah-ha moments where we really get to turn the bad times around.

Through the darkness, we can reach the light. It’s in this dysfunctional system where we can find our own little peace and happiness.

Your job? Work where you find opportunity and create something you can be proud of that might help balance out our suffering world. All the opportunity is there for YOU to tip the scales in a positive direction

A Balanced Expert

Someone who has mastered and become a conscious advocate of balanced lifestyle is Sydney Woodward of Overgrow the System. Sydney runs a platform which shares the stories of those that serve humanity and the natural world,  and he has visited and learned from communities living off the land rather than contributing to the world of excess consumerism.

Sydney understands that these movements are about more than just sustainable living, they’re about people creating better options. Sydney Woodward and all those alongside him at his farm create these possibilities because they are not only aware that the world needs help, but they’re also devoted to improving it every single day.

To learn what inspired this article and more about Sydney Woodward, check out Superhero Academy’s latest podcast with him and I below!

 

 

5 Questions To Keep You in Balance

For some who might be wondering if they should continue on their current path, ask yourself if what you’re doing daily is what you want to create for the world. If you answered yes to at least 5 of these questions then you’re on the right track.

  1. Do you spend more than 18 hours a week feeling satisfied?
  2. Do you want to share what you do with everyone you care about?
  3. Do you feel inspired and able to improve yourself in some small way every day?
  4. Do you feel you could always be improving at what you work most on?
  5. Is the reward of doing what you do better than the money you receive?
     

And if you haven’t then here are the facts: you’re one person, you have one personality (presumably), and you’re interested in things that not everyone on the earth is interested in —you’re unique. So it makes sense that the world’s happiness doesn’t fall completely on your shoulders.

In order to maintain your sanity, you need to not only understand your potential, but also recognize that you are not responsible for fixing the entire world. Once you are aware of the realities of the world you will make changes to accommodate this new sense of being. Even if you don’t realize it or if it’s very small, it’s an action, behavior, energy, and effort to creating peace and a sense of happiness. And if everyone on the earth begins to embrace these small changes then the world will slowly improve. It’s already happening. 

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