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No Progress
January 30, 2017

For how many of us is progress a relentless and impossible to appease force of nature? If we just compare the lives we live to just ten years ago, the contrast is extraordinary. Here is just one example – that digital technology is changing how we communicate, how keep in touch, how we learn and how we shop. And that’s just for starters. How many of would say honestly, hard on heart that this was not something that we welcome. Sure, we might hark back to that golden age when truly life was perfect, but it would not take many of us too long to realise that we were deluding ourselves. No life is better now thanks to the progress we have made. No?

But imagine for a moment if you could live a day where you made no progress and that day extended to a second day and then to a third and fourth ... and so on. How long would be I wonder before you actually began to really enjoy it and find that maybe you could live without progress afterall?

by Sophia Yasmeen

    For years I tried to help people by trying to fix whatever I thought was broken in their lives. My misgiving started when I someone very close to me was found to have mental illness. Even though I had good intentions for all of them but unknowingly I may have left some even more wounded. Only a few years back, for the first time I realised that the human soul doesn’t need to be fixed, advised or saved, it simply wants to be seen and heard.

    When I show a deep sense of respect and unconditional love to the suffering soul it naturally heals. I now know that all I can do for the sufferer, is to offer the presence of my pure love and attention, so that they can blossom to the fullest.

    I love Mary Oliver’s quote “This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that our soul exists and is built entirely out of attention.” Our attitude should be as such that it only reminds the sufferer of its true self.

Sophia is a beautiful writer and I am happily sharing her work in my Feelbetter Newsletter.

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