How can today's youth be made more conscious?

Julien Bryer (@julienbryer) 7 years, 1 month ago

When I was 15 years old, I hit a wall that almost all teenagers hit. My anxiety began to spin out of control and my depression worsened by the day. Like so many teenagers I tried to use partying,drugs, sex, and money, as well as girlfriends I thought would make me happy. After about 18 months of this, and still being absolutely miserable, I decided none of this worked. I distanced myself from everyone I knew and withdrew completely from my normal life I had lived up until then. During this time, I began to read quite a bit about happiness and what it was. I soon found myself studying religious theology, metaphysics, psychology, and other subjects that I felt might help me find happiness. I took up very basic meditation and tried to really apply all the wisdom I had read about in works such as the Tao Te Ching, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Bible, The Bagavhad Gita, etc. Since then, I’ve noticed my perspective on life change radically. I began to worry less about what others thought, be less reactive in chaotic situations, and really step back and be conscious of myself. For many people, it takes some EXTREMELY difficult situations before they begin questioning their life. I feel blessed that it only took what would was a mild form of anxiety and depression (in comparison to a lot of other people) to push me in the right direction. So I wanted to ask the HE community, how you think we could help the youth in this world be as conscious and aware as possible, that way they don’t have to face any traumatic experience, or huge obstacle in order to find themselves. How can we add “awareness” to the list of things human beings learn before they even have to deal with such difficult situations?

April 7, 2015 at 10:16 am
Viner Cent (50) (@Viner-Cent) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Exactly the same happened to me, and to be honest, most people do not need it. Consciusness and Awareness are two things it is imposible to force on people, and seriously, you have to force things on kids, the won’t do this voluntarely if they don’t encounter those difficult situations. And I am talking for today’s youth, I am part of it (16 years old). In our religion classes we are even supposed to get tastes of meditation, other religios cultures (Asias religios cultures are the easiest “old” medium for anyting about consciusness to find IMO), but 90% of us don’t take it seriously and never will. Not in school. Our parents would have to give us the material early on (like age of 12) and just let us do what they want. To help it they could baffle us with existantial questions ( what/who are you?), so we would have a look at this stuff. There sadly is no true way of doing this.

Dustin (7) (@stoneybalogna) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

It is something they must experience entirely by themselves, and I am sure they can’t know they are being woken up. However, that does not remove the possibility of waking someone without them realizing it. Although I feel as if the best approach would be like that of the gardener. Weed the malignant thoughts and habits from the dreamer. Teach them. Wake them. Be so awake and so aware they have no choice to do so. That is how we must wake our friends.

MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

I’d agree with most of what @Viner-Cent said.

Unfortunately most people aren’t really concerned with beneficial things until their immediate lives become negatively effected somehow. And, it’s not always that they don’ care, but that they might be juggling too much to even be concerned with these things. Once something happens that’s detrimental to the continuum of your daily life and enjoyment, there is no “this can wait til later”, you HAVE to focus on resolving it or your life becomes progressively worse.

And, making youth more conscious might not have the effect you want it to. Possibly, through becoming more conscious and contemplating some of life’s more deeper questions, you could actually be creating stress in their lives from not being able to achieve any plausible answers.

I wanna say to just let life take it’s course, and allow them to explore these things once/if they do start experiencing turmoil in their lives, but making people more aware before hand can actually benefit their lives, and prevent negative experiences from happening.

So, I guess just put the content before them. If they’re interested, they’ll explore these things more. If not, let life be their teacher. Everything in its own time.

Caitlyn (7) (@CaitlynODell) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

I, (15 by the way) have experienced something similar. I had severe depression, and even attempted suicide. My low point was when I woke up in someone’s house not knowing where I was or how I got there, with a 22 year old beside me that I haven’t ever seen before. I decided then and there that I wanted to turn my life around. I was tired of it. I moved to Galesburg, and started a new life. I tried to research what “happiness” was and how to get it. I became infatuated with the idea of self-awareness, happiness, and the idea of God. I got involved in a church, which was a scary step for me because I’ve never liked church- in fact I dreaded going. I wasn’t really raised in a Christian home, so it was all new to me. The first time I went, I got saved- accepting Jesus as my savior and looking forward to discovering a new life. And my life has completely changed- for the better. I’m no longer involved in alcohol, drugs, sex, or self harm. I still discovering myself- but really, when do we stop? Everyday I’m thankful. I’m currently involved in a youth program, and I shared my testimony last week. I was shocked at how many people- girls and guys- reached out to me. I’m working one day at a time- and trying to help as many people as I can. I’m not sure how you can really raise awareness to these things- because to a lot of adults- we teens have not a care In the world compared to their adult life and problems. And in addition to your last statement, I don’t think you can really never deal with a difficult situation. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Everyone wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.” ? It’s very true. I wouldn’t be where I am today without dealing with the struggles I did and addressing them head on. Life isn’t all smiles and roses, and we will all have difficult times, it’s inevitable. But I think that having people to pick you up when you fall and help you continue on is very important. And we don’t always have that. So I think just being the best person you can be, being the change you want to see in the world is most important thing to remember.

corey (1) (@HumanRevolution) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Well, I dont think you can force anybody to learn to be aware and have more conscious thought. Life is about choice, and yes you can teach someone against their will, but it is their decision to apply the teaching to their life or even care enough to remember it. It is something that a person has to come across and experience for them self. People are on their path in life, and it can’t always be perfect, sometimes a person needs to hardship and to fail in order to learn and grow. Personally i think experience (life) is the best teacher, and if it is something a person wants to learn, they will.

Lastly. I dont think being more aware and conscious of yourself/actions is necessarily for everybody. It is impossible for everybody to be a doctor, buddha, or priest, ect. Everybody walks their own path in life, and whatever is best for them is best for them. Some people are happy living their lives the way they always have, and may never need a revelation. As they say ignorance is bliss.

GarrettMc (59) (@GarrettMc) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

I guess I’ll throw in my opinion (I’m 17). While it may sound like a novel and important mission to wake up the world to a more awakened reality, we must confront a few questions. How would this knowledge genuinely affect society? Why do we feel compelled that others should believe as we do? Are we right? Is there even such a thing as a right answer to this question? Speaking for myself, I find that one of the most fascinating tenets of reality is that it is subjective. We live in a reality in which all sentient beings (to my knowledge) experience reality uniquely. Although conversations could possibly be more engaging if more people followed this train of thought, I think it is also important to recognize that there is some level of bliss among those who simply live their lives. Yes, one could say that ignorance is bliss but that isn’t necessarily a “bad” thing.

Sidoku (4) (@sidoku) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

We can fix it by not giving teenagers a standardized education and training them to think inside the box. Try to reestablish the importance of human contact in a society where conversations are replaced by tiny screens. Promote creativity, curiosity, innovation instead of vapid celebrity culture and materialism.

Unfortunately, consciousness is a long way off from being widespread. You do what you can to inspire people in life and try to spread the message.

Juliana Stolte (0) (@Jules1246) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

First of all I find your experience to be almost like Déja vu as my story is very similar to yours! In terms of encouraging awareness in order for teens to not have to be faced with said obstacles, in a perfect world where everyone is willing to accept that they deserve a shift in perspective, this would definitely be something to look into. Unfortunately, many people are stubborn and find it hard to accept change and I think overcoming obstacles like this is something we all need to experience for ourselves to really grow. We all have different breaking points so I guess it all comes down to when the person is ready to stop being unhappy. Besides, this so called bad experiences may not be so bad after all. Of course at the time there was no way I could think that what I was going through was good for me but I’m actually pretty thankful I had the struggles I did. Without these struggles, I would have never gained the perspective I have now (and will continue to discover ).

Patrick Triplett (8) (@trippypatty) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

It must be embedded in the school system, or some outlet that can be taught or broadcasted to a large audience such as television or the news media. We teach kids to not think outside the box and in terms that we do not know all the answers to. Instead, we focus on facts and biased interpretations of historical events. This spiritual awareness must be provided to the youth, unless word-of-mouth travels to the kids that don’t know about this kind of thinking from others that are typically not experts on this material. This would take some time, which is why having a school system that agreed with this “freethinking” and armed the youth with a new outlook on life would propel the youth and future generations to a higher consciousness.

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