A mid-life crisis is a common expression in Western countries that describes a time of confusion and uncertainty when difficult decisions and questions are asked in life. The path they take from here could change or destroy their lives and, more importantly, achieve meaning and fulfillment. But not everyone has a mid-life crisis, nor is it very common as a concept in Eastern cultures.
A situation like a mid-life crisis can be a good thing. It can spark a deep introspection within us about the direction of our life and take action to get the most out of our remaining active and healthy years.
However, for this to make sense, the level of questions we ask must relate to a higher purpose and not to worldly aspirations or ambitions. Nor should it be just about our own lives or those of our close family members. It should be something that leaves a mark and has an impact on the world.
What might a mid-life crisis look like for a spiritual person? We shed light on the types of questions and answers that are important.
What is the real purpose of our life and have we found it yet?
In simple terms, it is about finding a higher purpose in our lives – to become better spiritual personalities on an absolute scale of traits. Yes that's right; We're referring to an absolute scale here – a proven, fundamental value system that captures essential traits such as honesty, compassion, generosity, collectivity, and forgiveness, to name a few. Far too many things have become relative and subjective in our world today that we have lost sight of a clear set of basic principles on which to focus.
We need to improve our inner selves significantly and reach higher levels of maturity. And for this, discovering, understanding and feeling the inner self is the first step. Simply put, we go deep to discover the truest form of our existence – our soul – and then work on it throughout our lives to align ourselves as closely as possible with the basic personality traits. During this journey, we also make a huge difference to the people and the world around us. We inspire and influence the establishment of truth, benevolence and goodness in this world. The world is beginning to change in small ways, one person at a time. More and more people are gradually finding the same higher purpose and pursuing their self-improvement. You pass it on to more people and a chain reaction occurs.
We leave traces in society and in the world when we reach the end of our lives.
If you are anywhere on the way to finding your inner self and making it better then you have found the right direction and purpose. If you are reading this, you are already on that journey.
What can fill our life?
Many people have different answers to this. Many joys in life can make us feel that our life is fulfilling enough or that we don't need anything else. But the joy of experiencing the ultimate truth in our hearts and at the deepest level of our consciousness is far superior to anything else. And that joy is deeper than any happiness we can get. Happiness comes from comfort, the lack of a problem-free life, and even the good relationships we have. But happiness doesn't always have to be satisfying or fulfilling; it can make us want more. Spiritual joy (also known as "Satchitanand" where "Sat" stands for truth, "Chit" for attention and "Anand" for joy) is a unique experience of being in a heavenly place. It cannot and does not have to be bought, given to us by others, or acquired in any way. It has to be discovered and felt deep within us. This spiritual state was spoken of in every ancient spiritual scripture, and it was what all the great saints led people to achieve. Enlightenment in other words. As soon as we experience this, we are fully content, peaceful, and all of our negativity falls away. It will lead to an automatic solution to all problems in the world if every person seeks and experiences them.
Having this experience every day and being instruments to show it to as many people in this world as possible is what a truly fulfilling life is about.
Where do we pursue this purpose and this fulfillment?
Measured against the problems in this world, there is still a long way to go for most of the world's population in terms of higher goals. But there is hope because there is a clear way forward. In addition to the tremendous technological advances our civilization has made, the knowledge and pursuit of spirituality have also made significant breakthroughs. Through a practice like Sahaja, it is clear to us how we can access and cultivate our inner selves. We no longer have doubts or questions about the highest attainment on the level of spirituality. At least we know what it is and how to get there. What needs to happen now is a collective march towards this higher plane. We have cut out our work and we know it will take time, patience, persistence and hard work.
But we no longer live in dark times where people did crazy things in hopes of gaining their spiritual enlightenment. Worse, they didn't know what it was or how it would feel. In a sense, they sacrificed their lives to pursue something indefinite by taking extreme measures in their desperation. This is not who we are today or where we are. Thanks to the spiritual breakthroughs and the knowledge and practice of systems like Sahaja.
What can we do now to make the rest of our lives as meaningful as possible?
Prioritize spirituality above all else. Instead of reading, thinking, or just knowing about it, begin realizing spirituality. Work hard to gradually improve our state of existence by accessing the higher state of consciousness in our meditation. Allow this great power that is now available to vitalize our inner subtle energy system and improve our properties. And yes, you will also improve our health in the process. Much simplify our lives so that our attention is free from unnecessary and less productive undertakings and pursuits. We want a clear, sharp focus and a lot of time for what could turn out to be a groundbreaking evolutionary leap for our soul in this life.
When we understand the teachings of the great saints and spiritual masters, they will tell us that this is what our soul really wants and seeks. In fact, it has been looking for this forever. But our thoughts, our ego and our analytical mind, combined with the distractions in this world, mean that we come up short and the soul is disappointed every time. But not this time. We will be firmly on the way, especially since we have already found the opening to an ocean of spiritual knowledge and experience. The doors to Sahaja's practice are completely open and we will make the most of it.
Getting started and setting up our meditation routine will be a great start. The rest of the guide and the answers we need will follow automatically. They are all within us, waiting to be discovered. Time to wake up and overcome the clouds of distraction in our everyday life.