Real freedom of every one of us is at risk within the complexity of the modern world, because human beings have created a system that sustains and speeds up the flow of life, with the effect of preventing people to have the tools and the time to think about the meaning of their life in a wider context.
In societies where life conditions have achieved a good standard, this system is often set up to make people need more, so leading them to work and produce more in order “to buy more and pay the bills”. A system that was built to increase the quality of life of people, and has generated incredible wealth in parts of the world, is now becoming a trap for many.
The only manner to mitigate the negative influence of this system is to become able to make choices that depend on the vision of life coming from the deepest-self and that are not instilled by the external environment. Each individual should be allowed to choose in line with his/her core values and should be protected from a system that is so strong to make people feel like “new age freaks” when they take alternative and more sensible approaches to life.
Looking at the Eastern philosophy, it is sufficient to carry out the first and third steps of the Centered Life Model to achieve connection with the core-self and then to live in the present moment, as follows:
Step 1) Understand and train your mind (through meditation: derived from the Buddhist tradition)
Step 3) Live in the moment (through mindfulness: derived from the Buddhist tradition)
However, this simple approach to life unfortunately is becoming weak against the influence of this system created in the modern society that, as said, speeds up the flow of life to the extreme, involving millions of people.
Therefore, to guarantee real freedom of choice of individuals, the first and third phases must be extended, enhanced and made stronger; this is done merging the Eastern approach of step 1 and 3 with the Western philosophy, from which the second, fourth and fifth steps of the Centered Life Model are derived, as follows:
Step 2) Discover who you are (through mind/reality models derived from anthropology, psychology and western philosophy)
Step 4) Decide where to go (the western approach of defining a vision of the future)
Step 5) Take action (the western approach of making and trying to accomplish a defined life plan)
It is important to point out that these three phases derived from Western philosophy are not strong enough on their own as well, because they find their foundation on the abstract and logical analysis of reality, therefore they become weak when the basic human instincts, driven by strong sensations and emotions, take the lead. In this case, only the contribution given by step 1 and 3 allows keeping a lucid mind, so to make a life plan in line with the core-self and not with objectives artificially instilled by the social environment.
Merging the most practical aspects of eastern and western philosophies, and making them simple and clear in one consistent open framework, the individuals will be able to achieve sufficient freedom to decide independently what the best for them is and, in the end, the best for all. This is the meaning and objective of the Centered Life Model.
If you want to have the full picture, these concepts are widely treated in the book Brilliant well-being.
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