Are you in Control?
When we go to management school we are taught about control, responsibility, authority — the pay-off between the three along with its legal ramifications. What happens in the school of life though is quite different because, here universal laws apply. In office you are given an assigned role and long with it comes an authority-responsibility matrix which defines the kind of control you are allowed in the given role. As you move up the ladder in the organisation the responsibility, authority and control keep increasing — along with this in most people the ego also keeps expanding. As the saying goes — power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
When we come to our day-to-day life, we need to ask ourselves whether we are in control of our lives — because most things keep happening in ways which we can hardly fathom. Many times, we plan certain things and we are sure that everything will fall in place and then events take place which are way beyond our control and we are left wondering what went wrong and why it happened in this way. There is always a divine play happening which tells us that we are just puppets in the hands of the master puppeteer. If we accept things which happen then we don’t suffer, but if we do not accept what has happened and keep trying to ‘set things right’, then things go from bad to worse and we start increasing our stress levels. The best way is to let things go and accept whatever has happened.
The only thing you possibly can control is that which is within yourself, anything on the outside — that is not in your control, that is mere illusion being orchestrated by the divine as per each of our own individual karmas.
With regular meditation, slowly you start seeing the picture for what it is, you start realising that you are not in control of the outside world, but you definitely control your inner world. Through deep meditation practice one creates a life that feels good and joyous on the inside, not just one that looks good on the outside — because looks are often deceptive! Accept and you will learn to believe that you are only in control of your inner world and the outer world is play of the divine in which we are just actors playing our own individual roles.