Anxiety stems from a simplistic value system and a narrow worldview

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-01-16 21:34:44
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Seeking outward cannot lead you to true inner happiness, and happiness is not contingent on external circumstances for there are a great many people who do well in relationship and in career yet live in depression. People’s anxiety stems from a simplistic value system and a narrow worldview; they are thus confined by some concepts, unable to see the real way out leading towards freedom. Try to approach people in different states of life. Many, who seemingly don’t have the ‘necessary conditions to be happy’, live a confident and happy life. What is their philosophy of life? Remove the leaf screening your eyes first, and you will have a broad view and see more future possibilities.



Q: Master, I have some confusion. I feel anxious whenever I see people my age around do well both in relationship and in career, because, in sharp contrast, I have almost nothing at all despite hard work. Have I not made enough efforts? I encourage myself every day to work hard, but I do feel lost and low. What should I do?

A: Anxiety is brought about by your comparing yourself with others. You focus on what you lack and what others possess; then you become blind to what you have, and to what others worry about. As a result, you become cocooned by feelings like a failure, imperfect and lonely. Seduced by the mirage about a happy life, you’re desperately seeking after others’ life, which is probably a prison they want to break. 

Seeking outward cannot lead you to true inner happiness, and happiness is not contingent on external circumstances for there are a great many people who do well in relationship and in career yet live in depression. People’s anxiety stems from a simplistic value system and a narrow worldview; they are thus confined by some concepts, unable to see the real way out leading towards freedom.

Try to approach people in different states of life. Many, who seemingly don’t have the ‘necessary conditions to be happy’, live a confident and happy life. What is their philosophy of life? Remove the leaf screening your eyes first, and you will have a broad view and see more future possibilities. 


Q: Master, what things are really vital to life itself?

A: Things that can't be changed by death.


Q: Humble greetings Master! My favourite collection was broken by my mom who got mad for no apparent reason. Though I contained my rage at that moment, I can't let go of the loss. What should I do, Master

A: Regard the matter as a blessing which is bestowed by Bodhisattvas and meant to help you let go of your attachment.


Q: Master, recently I feel bored with whatever I do, not knowing what I love to do or what I am able to do. I know this state of mind is not healthy, but I just can’t get over it. Life is so boring. Am I in depression?

A: Actually, intelligent and thinking people are more likely, compared with other people, to encounter inner void and nameless gloominess, because they feel their ultimate inner need unsatisfied; they are perplexed by questions such as where they come from, where they’ll go, and what is the meaning of life, etc. This is actually a need in terms of faith. Only when we have a faith that transcends the reality world, can we obtain the most profound motivation of life. You can approach more people and different lifestyles. For example, you can participate in charity activities to help people in need, or make friends with those who have a religious faith to observe their state of life. Then, apply what you’ve learned to your own life, and contemplate on your experiences and feelings.

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:anxiety, comparing, lack, faith

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