Living Pure and Avoiding Negative External Influences
Now, more than ever, with social media being what it is, social mobility being it’s easiest and with the ‘now’ culture of today, it’s all too simple, and perhaps understandable to become swept along with this, and lose your personal life direction. More and more we are being asked, whether consciously or not, to move away from our spiritual self and into the realm of what is expected by society and those around us. Superfluous to say then that you are at a great advantage if you can still be a step removed from this and retain your sense of self, and the ability to not be consumed by those around you and those expectations, which attempt to draw you away from inner harmony. This is a very brief look into what some of these external influences are, and how you can avoid those, which attempt to draw you away from the path you wish to be travelling on.
The developed world as it is today has a huge focus on having everything now. There is often no patience to wait and to save for what it is you desire, and with fancy credit offerings it is easier than ever to become swept away with this. A catalyst to this desire to have everything now is advertisement, which is constantly there and unavoidable. The mixture of attractive advertisement and easy funding from credit companies, are not necessarily negative by themselves, however the combination of this and society pressures, which are forever increasing all culminate into a potential negative impact, which can greatly affect both you and your family. Debt management has become ever more important, and the need to be bailed out has unfortunately had to take on a huge priority. It is, however, far more productive if possible to focus on the self and your needs and wants to avoid confusing these with social requirements and influences.
As aforementioned, social media has tied the link between us and our peers to an extent that has never before been seen. Now it is all too simple to hop online and discover what those around you, and around the globe, are up to. Be that positive activities or negatives ones, the result is still the same that it is all too easy to begin to compare yourself with others. Of course, this is a natural thought process and to compare and be compared is surely an innate action, but when it is being forced towards us in ways which are as accessible as the phones in our hands, it really is no wonder that more and more we are merging with the ideals and views of those in our vicinity. Our vicinity, which now extends beyond our neighborhoods and towns to that of the whole world. This becomes particularly troubling when you are trying to change your thought patterns and distance yourself from others who have more negative ways of thinking. Therefore when once upon a time our lives and choices would be affected by those we grew up around, those we went to school with and our family members, this has spread to a much wider sphere, and the limits of this are quite simply endless. This is all well and good if you are in contact with soulful people who all have the best of best intentions, but unfortunately this is not a very realistic picture, and we are all likely to come into contact with negatives influences to differing degrees.
Addiction in itself is one of life’s major negative influences—whereby we feel the need consume or partake in a certain activity, even if we know it to be wrong. If you are trying to escape certain negativity, particularly in a peer-pressuring sphere then it can be even harder to escape the temptation which surrounds addiction, no matter what capacity. A drug user looking to abstain from addiction will find this infinitely harder when in the same social media circles as others who are happily partaking in the same, and can ultimately be that catalyst to falling into old ways and negative traps. Social media reinforces the idea that if you’re friends are doing it then it can’t be bad, no matter the law’s stance. We are in a constant state of contact, leaving the time for self-awareness and self-focus often falling to the wayside. This essentially means it is now harder than ever to leave negative influences, as they are in essence more present with today’s technologies. Having said this, if you are consciously trying to alter a certain way of thinking that is particularly prominent in a certain group of friends to leave your addiction behind, it is definitely worthwhile, however hard it may be, to step away from the false social bubble created by media, which is so seemingly unavoidable today.
In essence to stay true to your inner being, and to take on a more happy, content lifestyle it is most certainly necessary to perhaps avoid those influences which detract away from that.