I am not sure if you hear a lot about waking up or about the next great awakening, but I have heard quite a bit about it in some of the documentaries I have watched in the last few months.
When I talk about awake, I am talking about being consciously aware of our ego and critically questioning our personal actions and whether these actions are being driven by our egos. Then making an effort to minimize our ego’s influence over our actions.
The first book I read about this was, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. I loved this book and I still consider it one of the first books of my own personal journey, but as I continue down my path I still question am I going the right way, am I waking up, will I ever be fully awake? For me, I think it is a daily effort to wake up. I still get caught up in worries about the future, regrets of the past and feelings, choices and actions driven by my ego.
One thing I have noticed though is that I feel more awake and more alive on days that I celebrate the joys and successes of others. A news story was mentioned on my radio station the other day that helped me more clearly define a day when I am feeling more awake, Facebook Envy: How Cruising can Kill Self Esteem by Wendy Sachs.
This story talks about how cruising Facebook can kill your self esteem when everyones life appears to be better, more fun, more exciting than yours.
This made me pay a little closer attention to my own activity on Facebook and I do think that I am more awake on days when I “Like” and comment on my friends photos, comments, shares. Choosing to “Like” my friends activities is my quiet and small way to celebrate and be excited for them and the joys in their lives.
I am not sure when we will all wake up, but since so many of us are now connecting on Facebook, let’s use it as a platform to celebrate each other, support each, and love each other rather than a platform for comparison which will only plant the seeds of envy in our own heart.
James 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Jesus please help me to wake up a little more every day so that someday I can fully share in the celebrations and joys of all of my brothers and sisters throughout the world!