Countries in Comfort

There are many people in countries in our world today who love to talk about the standard of living statistics or the ‘best place in the world to live’ because their country ranks at No. 1 in the world.

I know I have bragged to others about how great it is living in my country, the luxury of it, the beautiful countryside and mountains of Norway. This is not just appreciating the beauty of our country but gloating and supremacy; of both deserving the luxury we live in and being better than other countries further down the list.

I am here considering this and realising how this attitude may be arrogant, indulgent, individualistic and inconsiderate. The focus becomes less and less about community and working together for the common good of all, instead shifting more and more to how good a life an individual can attain, or the individual family, or just smaller groups, no longer caring for the whole, just about the self and one’s closest.

With these values, greed, self-image and materialism can take over.

We call it ‘the good life,’ a high standard of living, but is this truly living or is it just an existence, one in comfort? For instance, becoming more disengaged from one’s true inner values, thinking that material wealth collates to happiness and that happiness is the ultimate goal in life, instead of realising that life can be about true love, joy and harmony.

In my experience, no true joy has been found in material wealth, only fleeting moments of happiness never sustained, always followed by a come down, a dip or a depression.

With true love for oneself and all of humanity, comes joy and harmony with no need or craving for the next hit of happiness, just living life in a constant flow of contentment.

It would seem that many of us thirst after material possessions: to own at least one house, maybe more, a winter cabin in the mountains, a luxury yacht, cabin cruiser or chalet by the sea, or all of the above – a Mediterranean villa, new cars and motorcycles, several holiday trips per year, the latest technologically advanced computer equipment, this season’s latest fashion in skiing gear, bicycles worth $1000’s, expensive wines, whiskeys, cigars and cognacs.

In this, are we not then teaching our children the same material values and the same excessive lifestyle – actually teaching them to be exactly who they are not, spoiling them completely?

We are not supporting them to hold their kind, loving, considerate, harmonious, joyful and generous nature, often leaving them alone in their rooms to be parented by TV, Internet, on-line gaming, Facebook, App this and App that, death metal, gangster rap, etc. Is this type of lifestyle a responsible way for us to support our younger generations?

The race to attain material wealth can lead to the fact that we are no longer listening to what our own bodies are communicating to us as we go into competition and stress, living trapped in our minds instead of a truly healthy, loving and joyful life.

Given that we are living in so much comfort, then why is illness and disease on the increase?

Consider what is happening to the ageing population in Norway. By the time we get to our 50’s – or 40’s and even younger – we are getting sicker, with more and more cases of mental illness, cancer, diabetes, stress, burnout, etc. If we take a moment to consider a few examples:

  • New cases of cancer in Norway are climbing through the roof. Between 1954 and 2013, the number of new cancer diagnoses in men has more than quadrupled and in women the number of new cases has more than tripled. There are no signs of a slowdown in this trend. [1]
  • Diabetes cases in Norway are increasing at an alarming rate. In 2014 roughly 4% of the population were taking diabetes medication and it is conservatively estimated that there may be somewhere between 2% and 4% more cases undiagnosed. [2]
  • Mental illness affects between 30% and 50% of the adult population in Norway, at some time during their lives. [2]

This begs me to ask the question, “What is it about the way we are living that is giving rise to this upsurge in ill health?”

Is it that we don’t seem to think it can happen to us, until it does?

People are more afraid of being killed by terrorists than the real killers listed above.

What I’m talking about here is not just the abuse we submit our bodies to, with our overeating and alcohol consumption, but also our disregard for our bodies – how we use them as an instrument for our own pleasure and self-indulgent habits. These irresponsible habits are our lifestyle choices that are causing the rise in ill-health.

The fact is that this tsunami of ill-health flooding over us is bankrupting health services around the world, causing even more ill-health for those working within these overloaded systems.

If we consider this along with the comforts that are being sought by some, e.g. luxury lifestyles with yachts and holiday homes being prioritised over and above personal health and wellbeing, are we not collectively out of balance?

Moreover, in our comfortable way of choosing to live, I observe little effort is being focused on our own responsibility for the prevention of the tide of illness and disease.

The simple act of taking a moment to ponder on how we are living our lives, considering how we can best care for ourselves and others, could help us all to live in harmony together, in a greater state of true health and feeling the joy of life. And if we truly consider this, we might come to the conclusion that every person on the planet is the same as we are, no matter their colour, religion, nationality, gender, age or size.

We might also conclude that material wealth is not our true happiness, as happiness is always temporary until we get the next fix, be that a new car, a glass of wine, a great film, a sporting event, a sugary delight – they are all forms of temporary happiness.

Living a privileged life in a beautiful place may make us feel better and more deserving than others, but while we bathe in comfort we are detaching ourselves from humanity, taking part in material competition with each other, isolating ourselves instead of living together in harmony with everyone.

Ignoring the true messages our bodies are giving to us is compounding in its effects to produce an ever-sickening global population that none of us can escape, in spite of our wealth.

Inspired by the presentations of Serge Benhayon, which I feel offer a genuine way out of these worldwide health issues that are embedded in the lives of all of us.

By Christopher Murphy, Kindergarten Assistant and Universal Medicine student, Norway

[1] Kreftregisteret (Institution of Population Based Cancer Research) (2014) Cancer in Norway 2014. http://www.kreftregisteret.no/Global/Cancer%20in%20Norway/2014/cin2014-Special_issue.pdf

[2] Folkehelseinstituttet (2014) Folkehelserapporten 2014. (The health of the population report 2014, The Norwegian institute of public health). http://www.fhi.no/dokumenter/4313e1cf39.pdf

Further Reading:
Why We Should Not Hide In Comfort
A Comfortable Life Versus A True Life
Comparing Myself To Others

848 thoughts on “Countries in Comfort

  1. We seek our material comforts to escape the fact we live disconnected from each other and from ourselves in the hope this will give us some relief of all that we do not want to feel. But as we do so this only exacerbates our predicament further.

  2. Comfort is just so comfortable that it leaves you lazy, inert and then that touch of arrogance just keeps you there kind of stagnating. That is why a part of us likes it, we are not challenged to get out of our comfort zone to grow and learn which is actually what the whole premise of human life is about.

  3. This way, of having only a concern for oneself or immediate friends/family is truly destructive and adds to the global phenomena of greed that is so gripping our cities, towns and villages. True living is living in brotherhood, which does not mean sacrifice or pity, but it does mean responsibility to contribute to the whole in a way that supports everyone to evolve – from which ever point we are all at and along which ever journey we all must travel.

  4. This blog also exposes the ridiculousness of the newest professions like ‘happiness coaches’ and the pursuit of more and more material wealth. True joy and harmony come from connecting to the bigger picture, to humanity and taking each and everyone in consideration with every move we make.

  5. Yes if we consider that there is a purpose to life and we are all in it together so to speak then being in comfort with the focus on self and family is exclusive and isolating and inhibits our journey back to soul

  6. “realising that life can be about true love, joy and harmony.”The subversive terrorist that is so feared is in fact ourselves when we value material possessions above true love, joy and harmony.

  7. I had (day) surgery for the first time last year and when one of the medical staff was talking to me, he said you should recover well as I was relatively healthy and of a good weight. In that moment, I was appreciative of the way I had chosen to care for my body and the responsibility I had taken with my own health. Things will still ‘breakdown’ but it is up to us to take the best ‘vehicle’ we can when a part needs fixing.

  8. The expression ‘what comes up, must come down’ comes to mind reading this today. If we, as a human race, keep spiking ourselves up with our searches for material wealth, happiness, comfortable lives etc… it eventually needs to come down. And that down, from the alarming stats you shared with us, has a lot of illness and disease associated with it.

    Where as living with true love, joy and harmony, it is constant and steady. It is our bodies natural state and far less disruptive than the highs and lows of seeking outside ourselves for material wealth, happiness etc….

  9. The lure of comfort is something we need to be ever watchful with. It is such a seductive substitute for true beauty, true truth, and true glory, that we can lose our way back home to Soul-ful-ness.

  10. Most people want to be “comfortable” and to have an easy life but we have to be careful about what we are asking for because when we get stuck in comfort we believe that it is about making life better when in fact it is not about making life better but about seeing though the falseness of life here on earth so that we can bring truth and love to the world.

  11. There is nothing wrong with living in a beautiful home, but this beauty depends upon the quality of living that goes on under that roof. It is when we ‘think’ from the outside rather than live emanating from the Love within that we can get attached to the outer gradings and comparisons with other countries or homes and hence get into division.

    1. I love what you share, Lyndy. It’s true there is nothing wrong with a beautiful home, but how we live in that beautiful home is the key point. I know living in my share of comfort, I have used my surroundings to numb, bury, and hide from the world using the ‘beauty’ as a comfort and a retreat. But the side-effect is that my body is impacted with a dullness and an inertia. Now I am changing this age-old pattern and learning that it’s the love within and its emanation out that changes everything.

      1. I can really relate to what you have said here Rachel, as I too have used the beauty of my surroundings to numb myself and comfort myself. I was forever looking outside to find that magic something that would alleviate the unease of not living from my essence. Now in my new home the beauty and grace of it all is coming together from the inside out. I am going with colours and toning and even fabrics which were not on my list before!

  12. As soon as we look for our outside environment to confirm us in some way or bring contentment in our lives, we are lost. For the only enduring settlement we can gain must come from connecting with our inner stillness and essence first. The Gentle Breath Meditation has been the key for me in this way of living.

  13. When the focus becomes self, or one’s own family we can fly below the radar thinking we are ‘doing the right thing’ and being caring for ourselves and family, however the moment that we stop considering the whole, we have left behind the truth of why we are here and instead chosen the comfortable life to grab for ourselves whilst others out there are suffering a world that lies in a deep seated disharmony.

  14. Living with a certain standard of living does come with a protection of those so called ‘assets’ and hence also an arrogance as you have so well descibed Christopher. Once you have achieved a certain level of comfort it is like there is an entitlement that kicks in and it is very hard to let go of something that we ‘like’ in terms of comfort in our lives. When this comfort is taken away from us in any way we can kick up a stink and be upset, no different to spoiled child complaining about having to eat one food instead of another. Comfort breeds tension in terms of wanting to hold on more and more to what one has and this is where the trade off can become so entrenched that we leave behind what we know to be true whilst thinking we are living it.

  15. Imagine that, if we choose to live without listening to our bodies, eating and drinking what we like the taste of regardless of the bodies ability to process it, if we live pushing the boundaries regardless of how our bodies are coping with it, we cannot then escape our own worsening health by throwing money at it. When you make me consider our way of living in that way it seems so illogical – we just want a quick fix solution to an arrogant and irresponsible way of living.

  16. The drug of happiness. This is something that I can relate to. Waiting for our next fix. We can become so dependant on it. Having our little moment of happiness will get us through to the next one. But we need to have the next one in the wings waiting. Things to look forward to events, purchases etc. Something that I have been observing when we begin the ask questions on is this true? is that if in a discussion about happiness as an example, if we start to question this, what is presented is “well what else is there?”, “If I am not working on happiness then the only other option is the opposite”. But we each do need the opportunity to step this back gradually for ourselves so that we see the whole picture and in our own timing.

  17. Pride in nationality, culture, achievements, customs, tradition, heritage, food etc etc are identification and comfort that tend to blind us for seeing the whole picture, to relativise the wrongs and not so good things in a society/country, idealizing one´s country or nation to make up for the hurts and emptiness within we otherwise would need to face.

  18. “Living a privileged life in a beautiful place may make us feel better and more deserving than others, but while we bathe in comfort we are detaching ourselves from humanity, taking part in material competition with each other, isolating ourselves instead of living together in harmony with everyone.” Until we get out of our comfort and actually see that it is the most harming thing we can do to the body, illness and disease will continue to rise.

  19. The borders we use to divide us are the very walls that prevent us from accessing the true riches found deep within us.

    1. Pearls again Liane – the moment we put up any form of barrier or any form of isolation even as form of protection, then we shut ourselves out from our deepest recess within, the Soul. The Soul cannot and does not work with conditions and can only work with the whole, inclusive of all.

  20. There is definitely a simplicity missing from life, early to bed and early to rise has been replaced with increasingly stressful busy lives that are crammed with “doing”, and simple, nourishing food has been replaced with supermarket aisles heaving with processed and junk foods. The simplicity of connecting with one another has been replaced with the convoluted world of social media where we ‘connect’ through carefully edited words and images from behind screens. And we live in a world that values what we produce, achieve and do, not the person and their being. Without a connection to our being, to the love, joy and natural harmony within, to the essence of who we are, life can be so unbearable we may turn to food and other activities which aren’t great for our wellbeing, hence the escalating rates of lifestyle related illness and disease. And around and around we all go in these cycles until a truth teller or philosopher like Serge Benhayon presents the truth so we may all have an opportunity to stop, wake up, and begin living differently.

  21. Micro and macro do not have an easy, straight relationship. There are countries that look great at the macro level, but not so great when you look at the micro one. These countries, though, allow people to get access to what they need to compensate the fact that they are not doing so great. So, they are allowed to stay in the comfort of a way of doing that is hurting them.

  22. Great you raise our awareness of this rather alarming and largely ignored reality Christoper. I would like to point out that even in poverty there is comfort. The comfort to not commit to life and remain in the small and familiar reality of being poor and less well off.

  23. I have had to recently re-read ‘The Hobbit’ for a tutorial with a student. I hadn’t read it for 40 or so years, and, wow, my eyes were opened up when I realised that it was all about comfort and the evolving beyond that! Like most of us, Bilbo Baggins lived ‘ in a hobbit hole. And that means comfort’. Not just the luxury of wealth, but a life of double breakfasts, a singing kettle and multiple cakes for afternoon teas, a life of the status quo where nothing new is said (all circulation energy) and in which nobody goes on adventures because they are ‘nasty disturbing things’ and would ‘make you late for tea’! When multi-dimensionality in the form of Gandalf comes a-knocking at Bilbo’s door, he reluctantly begins to stir awake to go on an adventure, a quest, which reignites a re-connection to his inner-heart and wisdom and initiates a huge growth in his awareness and courage to face the trolls, goblins,wars, wolves, and dragons in the world – all those things he was avoiding when he hid away in his hobbit hole and stuffed himself with food. Hobbiton was certainly a ‘country in comfort’.

  24. The statistics you quote are shocking and show how detrimental to our health living in comfort can be – in fact it ought to come with a warning “Can seriously damage your health and wellbeing”!

  25. ‘In my experience, no true joy has been found in material wealth, only fleeting moments of happiness never sustained, always followed by a come down, a dip or a depression.’ This is very apt reading this at Christmas, a time when most families feel pressure to buy presents their children will like, even if they can’t afford it.

    I can remember one Christmas feeling very depressed as a child. It was soon after the opening of the presents and I went upstairs to play but felt deflated – like all the excitement of new toys couldn’t hide that what I really wanted was to feel loved and special and secure in that no crazy, alcohol infused drama would erupt and people would start teasing you or saying weird stuff. I felt bad because I knew how much my parents had tried to show their love in buying these gifts when they’d not much money and my presents wouldn’t be as fancy as my more well off cousins. Rather than keep this all to myself as I did, I could have easily have gone to my mum and given her a hug. Love is simple.

    1. Thank you for sharing K and it is so true that ‘Love is simple’ and there is no need to strive for material wealth to prove it – all that is needed is to share your love with everyone and in that your have wealth beyond measure.

  26. It is only until we re-connect to the richness of our bodies, that we understand that real wealth has nothing to do with temporal material possessions, but it is something that comes as a result of us saying yes to the call of evolution- being more loving, understanding with each other regardless of where we live and supporting us in our return to the love we once lived in true brotherhood.

  27. The key may be less what we own or what we are interested in but how we own and how we live when we act on what we are interested in.

  28. I can clearly remember the moment in my life when I realised material things were not the goal. I was 17ish and could feel that the boy I was dating was not the one for me, but he bought a stereo that I loved, fleetingly I thought maybe this could work, but it was only fleetingly, as I knew deep within it wouldn’t have mattered if he had won the lotto, it would not have been right to continue the relationship. However even with this feeling, I still got trapped into the security and material needs of life. It is such a known way of life, that it takes a deep dedication to truth to begin to properly break the hold it has on humanity.

  29. A great question to ponder, what is it about the way we are living that is contributing to escalating levels of illness and disease, ‘“What is it about the way we are living that is giving rise to this upsurge in ill health?”
    We have increasing levels of comfort in our lives, so why is illness and disease on the increase, what important factor or factors are we choosing to ignore?

  30. It is interesting to ponder that many of the most favoured destinations that are named in the world are ones where people can get away from their everyday lives and be entertained and avoid for a brief while what we have created for ourselves back home.

  31. When it comes to our awareness that the people of some countries live in comfort, it is a reflection to alert us to take a look at where we ourselves indulge in comfort and to heal this. For this is the true way to start the healing process around the subject of comfort, as we are all contributing to the magnitude of it.

    1. I am wondering, though, whether people in many poor or very poor countries also live in comfort – a different kind of comfort that is expressed in an attitude rather than material values but still a comfort.

  32. ‘The good life’ was one we were brought up to aspire to but it certainly doesn’t cut it any more. Life with no true purpose is empty and meaningless – and that is about people, relationships, connection and brotherhood…. and working is a complete joy. There is no ‘time off’ from life.

  33. Comfort can creep in under the radar, and stops evolution. We forever need to be alert that there is not comfort in our lives, the world is a mess and needs true love.

  34. The important thing to understand is that if any country has it better than another , then its the responsibility of that country (better country ) to inspire and share its wisdom with the other country and in doing this a sense of equalness will be achieved , a simple example of this is the european union which is working to that process as best as it can with the systems in place.

  35. It’s way past time for humanity to return to living in community, in brotherhood, as it is very evident from the current state of the world that the more we live in isolated groups and as individuals that greater the problems that we face, and will continue to face

  36. Having researched suicide rates world wide recently, for an article, it is interesting to note that the highest suicide rates are in the wealthier, more ‘comfortable’ countries. Supposedly these countries are happier places with better education, healthcare and social support. There is an anomaly here to look into and the question to ask is comfort what we are all truly seeking, or is there something else that we are missing?

  37. There is a comfort in misery and in a lacklustre existence and the perverse but very real desire to sustain it – propped up by the illusion of culture, nationality, borders and the many other separation props that have been invented along the way.

  38. “People are more afraid of being killed by terrorists than the real killers listed above.” This is especially true in the UK this week. Yet despite the press writing more about how lifestyle contributes to serious disease, many people continue with their ‘comfort’ – until something dire happens to them. Then, when a serious illness is averted we continue to want to go back to our old way of living – even though this has contributed to the illness in the first place, Comfort can be very addictive.

  39. Comfort has never cured an illness. Comfort can convince you everything is okay, but what it does is support you in ignoring the issues in front of you.

  40. “disengaged from one’s true inner values, thinking that material wealth collates to happiness and that happiness is the ultimate goal in life” – Nowadays it seems that just ‘getting by’ is a goal that a lot of people aspire to achieve, and many of us have adopted a mindset that we are one of 7.5 billion on a conveyer belt being dealt whatever comes next by the world, but dropping those important inner values that bring true joy, personality and feeling content is always a choice which we can change at any time.

  41. Money and material wealth have become king, even over our own health and well being. We certainly do have things topsy-turvy, because while standards of living may be high in many countries, our illness, disease and suicide rates continue to climb at alarming rates.

  42. What’s also usually connected to material competition but is in a league of its own too, is intellectual competition, career success and basically putting one life style above another – all create conflict within oneself (got to be better, do better, achieve more) and against one another. I’ve very much been caught up in gaining social standing through profession and it’s felt so ugly and dismissing of my true qualities. For, in order to succeed in the way that I wished I put my true knowing aside and people pleased to get recognition.

    Everyone loses out this way because here is yet another person discarding the gold within themselves and not shining forth but getting sicker. Where are people going to be inspired unless we live the beauty we all hold within and let go of the empty ideals of accumulating more accolades or material possessions? The love we are that is the true gold is not something to be coveted but shared.

  43. I live in New Zealand, a country that is always up in the top few of the most popular countries to visit and considered to be very beautiful geographically, which it is. We succeed very highly in many sporting codes, especially rugby, but we have one area that we really to not want to be in the top few. That is for our mental health statistics, with our youth suicide rates amongst the highest in the world and I am sure that our physical health statistics are way up there too. I feel that we focus so much on some of our achievements that we lose sight of the truth of what’s truly going on behind those glorious scenes.

  44. “Given that we are living in so much comfort, then why is illness and disease on the increase?” Great question Christopher, there is so much that we are in comfort about and a lot of the time, the ‘so called do gooders’ who are just the masses in society are the ones who are in the most comfort and creating the most harm, because they are sitting back looking at others and judging those who are not living how they are.

  45. The increasing illness and disease rates show us clearly that a comfortable life is not it, but how much are we able to be honest with ourselves and expose collectively the truth that this reality is presenting to us?

  46. If they tried to conduct the same surveys of the most joyous nations, I’m not sure there would be the tools to measure such a thing nor is there a preparedness to look at what a joyful life looks like. The focus is on material wealth, success and progress.

  47. We need to look beneath the facades of countries doing ‘well’ and see a) what the quality of living is like for the people who live there, e.g. how is mental health, obesity and wellbeing? Are people living vital lives? And b) the relationship between that country and all others. An ‘amazing’ country where revolutionary laws might be in place or the people are genuinely joyful and vibrant should share this inspiration with all 196 others so that we can globally bring back vitality, love and responsibility.

  48. Comfort has been really in my face over the last little while, so it is great re-look at this blog. There are so many threads to pull with this subject. There is nothing wrong with living in a beautiful home and driving a luxury car – it is simply the vibrational quality in which we drive that car or live in the house that matters. I know that this has been said before but it bears re-iteration. The ‘comfort’ that is destroying us is the use of matter or energy to numb and console ourselves from not having lived in a connection. religious way – i.e. not even yet living what Jeshua taught a couple of thousand years ago.

  49. A great blog to raise the point of balance. Yes it seems we strive for betterment and for the individual. Yet in truth we are actually making for a sicker population. And I also feel that we don’t think it can happen to us until it does. A real opportunity for change.

  50. Recently I walked down a beautiful leafy suburban street in a ”sought after area’. There was a time when I would have wished to live there, seemingly away from the more obvious areas of poverty and blatant disregard that can be seen in some of these areas. I wanted a haven away from the suffering that many are just more upfront about and not hiding behind the niceties of life.

    But in my job I have the privilege to see behind closed doors and so often those who are living a seemingly easy life are also feeling empty and joyless, disconnected with themselves, suffering relationships for the convenience of wealth. And I realise that there is no haven on this world. Knowing another is suffering, if I am honest, means I cannot rest easy in any kind of glib self-content. There is no separation between us and trying to pretend otherwise means I am not walking ahead to inspire others to follow.

  51. ‘With true love for oneself and all of humanity, comes joy and harmony with no need or craving for the next hit of happiness, just living life in a constant flow of contentment.’ This is wonderful. I am reflecting on my life and how I went from one hit of happiness to the next, bit like an addiction I couldn’t go long periods without. So I’d book up segments of happiness -a film, tasty food. Once it used to be through drink and clubbing and now it can even be subtle – little escapes done for relief not confirmation of me in divinity. So they could look the same – a swim, or a walk, but one feels like a glass half empty whilst the other feels like it’s building a foundation already there that supports me to walk in the world with greater authority of who I am and the love that can shine through me. One looks to the outside world to deliver something I think I need – recognition, a compliment etc. and the other allows what it is within to express.

  52. Bhutan is a country that looks to ‘Gross National Happiness’ rather than Gross Domestic Product as a measure of their success. Their ethos is wellbeing takes precedence over economic growth. The necessity of solid fiscal development notwithstanding, this feels like a beautiful way for a nation to let its citizens know it’s about people first.

  53. Perhaps the no.1 ranked country in the world, if it should be measured at all (which of course is nonsense) should be the one that is most open in it’s borders to others, that doesn’t discriminate by religion or race or sex, and that is not myopic in its view of the outside world. Of course the very ideas of countries itself does not support the natural care that we have of people, that shines through in disasters but should become our everyday.

  54. ‘This begs me to ask the question, “What is it about the way we are living that is giving rise to this upsurge in ill health?’. A very much needed question, Christopher but one that it seems as a collective we are reluctant to look at… possibly because that would mean we would have to change our behaviour, make different choices and come out of a comfort we like, (which is in fact indulgent and literally killing us)?

  55. ‘People are more afraid of being killed by terrorists than the real killers listed above.’ That’s such an interesting and scary thought Christopher because the statistics reveal that you are more likely to die from all your abusive choices than from an attack from terrorists – time for a reality check and a responsibility check I feel.

  56. Countries in comfort, such a great blog Chris. I hadn’t thought about countries being in comfort before, but it is totally true. We are the sum that make up the whole, so if we are sitting and living in comfort of course that is going to impact an entire country.

  57. We are all only as strong as the weakest link – if we look at this globally there is a bit of work to do.

  58. We are more comfortable than ever before (in the West for sure) yet also definitely sicker, so the comfort does not work for us, perhaps this is because our bodies are made to work, and this is something we have sought to avoid through the technology and leisure time opportunities we have developed. Perhaps we will attain a truly healthy status when we consider that everyone must be healthy and cared for to be living in wellness, not just our pockets that we call countries.

  59. I have always considered where I live to be a place so full of comfort and yet when I began living what is truth, this same place also does not ever allow me to remain in comfort, which is absolutely brilliant. No matter where we are born in, what industry we are in, how the world is, it cannot affect us if we simply just live what we know is true. Any reaction is a diversion of living what is true, so coming back to simplicity is cool : as knowing true wealth is not because of money, now I do not need to reject money, I just need to live what I find truly fulfilling and full within my heart.

  60. It is crazy and completely out of context when people are more concerned about terrorists then they are about their own health.

  61. The countries that are doing well and are exploring a new way of being, should be going out to the war-torn countries to support and show all that there IS another way.

  62. Using the body as ‘an instrument for our own pleasure and self-indulgent habits’ is championed in our world and looked upon as a success. Boxing rings, eating competitions, aggressive sports, extreme modelling and all the pleasures that go along with it – the list is endless really. When we realise that the body is designed to express our highest and most divine light, the light of the Soul then we will be a lot more discerning with how we move and treat it.

  63. It is such a stark difference – living for individual gain or living for absolute equality. There is a beauty in considering everyone else on the planet and our part in the greater whole. In contrast, living considering only oneself is quite ugly. In our desperation to survive and thrive we forget that we are all in this together, and we can’t survive without one another. Best to take care of the whole in this case or we are absolutely doomed.

  64. Christopher, what you have called out here is really huge. I know for me I too have felt ‘how lucky am I to live in Australia’, feeling great it is to be in such a beautiful country, the land of the free. Along the way, being quite ignorant to what is actually going on across the world, choosing instead to live in the not only the Australian bubble, but the State and local areas we are from. This is how many people do live, not looking, thinking, wanting to know what is happening in the world. Its like if it isn’t happening in your own back yard, its easy to ignore the atrocities going on elsewhere. This isn’t and doesn’t foster a oneness, that we are all connected.

  65. “People are more afraid of being killed by terrorists than the real killers listed above.” This shows the discrepancy we live in and our disconnection to what is really going on.

  66. “no true joy has been found in material wealth, only fleeting moments of happiness never sustained” so well said Christopher, this is where so much of todays society is lost, due to the fact they are caught up in wanting ‘happiness’, which as you say can only ever be fleeting. Whereas true joy is lasting, and definitely not found in material wealth.

  67. Yes we often aspire and invest in a life that we assume will give us something back (comfort) so that we will be secure and ‘set for life’…but what if this actually inhibits us from growing deeper within ourselves?

  68. The kind of comfort you are describing here Christopher is exactly what keeps so many of us blind to the real issues facing humanity. Mind you, poverty or any other condition can do the same thing. Either way, they all keep us focused on the self and our ‘inner circle’ (the network of family and friends we care about) rather than the big picture and our brothers elsewhere on the planet.

  69. It is fine to live in a beautiful place in a home that you love and without economic hardship. What matters is the way one lives in this environment. Is every movement and thought loving, respectful inspirational, and thus holding of all of us?

  70. Comfort= addiction to ways of doing (movements) away from ourselves and what we truly represent. In this sense, every country, wealthy or otherwise, could be said to be in comfort. A materially well-off life, on the other hand, brings up specific ways to be in comfort.

  71. Australia is a good example of this too. It is easy to make money here and you can have a “good” life without much effort. Yet all of the “good” is based on the material. We have shocking statistics with human rights and our health statistics are not in good shape – just to name a couple of blights on our good image. There is far more to life than our material status yet when we have material comforts we can easily sit there and coast, instead of using that as a platform on which we can deepen and enrich our lives.

  72. “People are more afraid of being killed by terrorists than the real killers listed above.” This is a very sad truth Christopher, we are, not that we should turn a blind eye to these things as its good to be aware of what is going on, but when are we going to start taking responsibility for our own bodies and how we are treating them before the inevitable hits the fan. How much more suffering and dis-ease do we have to endure?

  73. ‘People are more afraid of being killed by terrorists than the real killers listed above.’ This statement shows how we are so willing to blame another before taking responsibility for ourselves. Our avoidance of taking responsibility blinds us to what we are doing to ourselves by our indulgent choices. Our comfort is killing us, physically and energetically.

  74. Our ‘thirst for material possessions’ is there because we are not connecting to ourselves and we need something on the outside to fill the emptiness we feel but don’t want to feel. We therefore get caught in a life of comfort to distract ourselves from feeling what is really going on. As you point out Christopher, our ‘self-indulgent habits’ are ‘irresponsible’ and are affecting the health of all of us. But if we can face this emptiness and address our hurts we soon banish this cloud of unhappiness and connect with the shining sun of joy within that needs no distraction or comforts – we know then that we are enough and that love is.

  75. I find it perfectly reasonable for a country to claim when it does something particularly well – it does not mean that it is able to do everything well. However, if that is taken as a reason why one does not need to be truthful – after all, things are going well – then Christopher is right, such thinking is a dead end.

  76. This is a magnificent peice of writing, we are so spoiled in the wealth of the countries we live in that we forget to see that there is much going on in the world, that is seemingly not effecting us but in truth it is, providing us in some way with a reason to hide in comfort, and not choose to step up in responsibility and take care for Humanity.

  77. Although there are stark differences in standard of living, in reality I don’t think there are any countries that offer anything more than comfort and status quo. If any one dares to be different or true to themselves there are individuals and systems ready to bring them down. This has repeated time and again in history. It is only when we accept having our silence or compliance off, that we can ‘believe’ that we are actually comfortable. The tension to return to our true nature and live in brotherhood is felt no matter what material comforts we may have acquired.

    1. You are quite right in describing the peak though there are plenty of countries that are far away even from these peaks and perhaps such countries need to come to a similar peak before realising that there is further to go to get back to who you are.

  78. I love the directness of your blog, the choice we make to disregard our bodies and the choices we make for them which impact, not only our own health, but equally that of our family, our community, our country and our world. It is so easy to make life about personal comfort but in so doing we contribute to the mess we see before us. Very sobering.

  79. Though I may want to indulge in comfort and have aspired for the comfortable prestiges in life I am learning, as this article so brilliantly exposes, this is not the way to live as it damages the health and well-being of us all in society. What I am discovering is that, rather than back off when life seems to get tough, I am being called to commit much more than I had been doing so. Indeed, it’s the comfort – the wanting to have it easy and the erroneous belief that it’s all too much of an effort to evolve – that draws in disasters. Allowing myself the freedom to evolve allows a true ease from which to live and allow those natural impulses to support one another in ways that are true.

  80. I can see how this very much relates to how I am with myself at times. It seems the push is always to see yourself as better, better body, better mind, better car, better job, better house, better girlfriend etc You may have one that you see through and say you’re equal to another but at the same time you hold one in your pocket as a backup. You may see you live in an area where everything is the same or your job the same but you hold a better girlfriend or the way you hit a golf ball as better than someone else. It seems for me the default is always to be better than something or someone. I can see how this relates to countries as well and countries are really just made up of a lot of people. This then confirms or answers the question how do you begin to see a “country in comfort”, you expose the ‘better’ or comfort in you in all corners.

  81. This makes perfect sense Christoph, when a country has their collective head in the sand of the obvious corruption, abuse, disharmony and discontent within the populace and it’s systems, then we can safely say it is a country in comfort. That would apply to most I can think of actually!

  82. beautiful Christoph, very needed blog on what we are needing to see that we are allowing & doing in countries.. and how we are used to be bound to a lack of awareness over the reality and responsibility that we have as individuals and society, communities, humanity, countries. This blog sheds a light on what is truly now a matter that we need to go that little step deeper to feel what it is that countries are lacking, before we blame anything or anyone else.. Worth pondering on.

  83. A great point Christopher, to consider our choices at this level and the responsibility each of us in fact has for what we contribute to the whole. To see countries as being ‘sick’ when the whole population making them up is not thriving makes sense. I have watched those who have studied and developed through the Universal Medicine teachings and therapies (myself included) and see the complete reversal of the trends you described. It is the answer humanity is looking for, just not necessarily the answer that is always popular. Taking responsibility for one’s choices to live in such a way as to support our own vitality and wellbeing at every level, and therefore what we are contributing to every other person in life, is a commitment for life.

  84. This blows out of the water the temporary fix in the search for ‘happiness’ when happiness is not it – and temporary fixes are just that and not sustainable. – “We might also conclude that material wealth is not our true happiness, as happiness is always temporary until we get the next fix, be that a new car, a glass of wine, a great film, a sporting event, a sugary delight – they are all forms of temporary happiness.”

  85. We use many things to avoid the stillness and wealth we hold within. What you described here Christopher is just that, an avoidance of our own wealth. It’s the searching on the outside, creating false bravado only to miss all that lives within.

  86. We can claim to live in a ‘lucky country’ but do so in comparison to another that isn’t deemed so lucky. Why do we consider one country better then another? It is because of basic human rights, or standards of living or weather patterns, the list could go on but needless to say we say it’s better due to a comparison to something that we deem worse. If we bring this to a world of energy and begin to be aware for every better we put into the world a worse is created and likewise for every worse we create a better. It’s our choice to keep living this way or we can stop and ask the question, better or worse, lucky or unlucky does it truly feel any different? At many points in my life I have seen this play out and always strived to not be in the worse or unlucky and not being aware of the trap this creates. We can only run this energy for so long and by looking at the world as it is you can see things are catching up with us. This isn’t about perfect either but as I said about energy, how things truly feel. We need to bring this back to earth in a big way and while it may not be popular, again we bring things back to energy and be aware there is no such thing, only energy. What will we choose next?

  87. Christopher, you show here how being proud of ones own country is in fact, (if we are totally honest and look at it from a much bigger picture) being arrogant, indulgent, individualistic and inconsiderate.

  88. Very well said Christopher. What you’re talking about is very exposing as it asks us to look at to look at the true state of our own countries and not just place blame on governing bodies but take responsibility into our own hands for we make up the people who represent the whole.

    1. Great point Susie – we can easily sit behind our TV, computer screen or the newspaper and point a finger or shake our head – and blame others, but in the end we are all part of this – and only together can we change it.

      1. Wonderful point Jane. We cannot sit back in our comfortable lives and point the finger at something happening out there. We are all inextricably linked together one seamless whole and own responsibility is significant. It often makes me remember that old poem by Francis Thompson: ‘All things by immortal power/Near or far/ Hiddenly/ To each other linked are/ That thou canst not stir a flower/ Without troubling a star’. Our every move must expand our harmony . . . and pointing a finger would certainly trouble a star!

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