Searching for meaning in life can be a profoundly inspiring experience. However, in modern society, it’s not always easy to be a truth seeker.
Our modern society often seems geared towards quick fixes, superficial relationships, material things and having fun. There are many reasons we focus on these things.
For a start, everyone else is doing them and we want to fit in. It’s also true that we have been taught that these things are important and achieving them gives us value. We are also bombarded with advertising and social media images that show ‘perfect’ lives, which makes us want to live that way too.
But many of us suspect that there is more to life than this. We believe that below this superficial level of experience are deeper truths and more meaningful ways to live.
Truth seeking can be immensely rewarding. We can have wonderful spiritual experiences that change the way we see the world and live our lives. We can choose to live and love in a different way. But through living a meaningful, fulfilling and rewarding life as a truth seeker has its benefits, it can also have some drawbacks.
Being a truth seeker can be a struggle and lead to the following 5 issues.
1. Feeling misunderstood
Many truth seekers feel misunderstood by those around them. They long for a deep conversation about the mysteries of the universe and their spiritual experiences, but no one seems to be on their level.
Often they can get quite down because they suspect everyone else thinks they are weird. Spiritual people long to have deep meaningful relationships with others, but it can be hard to find a place where we fit in.
The good news is that there are many other people who feel this way. It’s just a matter of finding our tribe. We can join clubs and groups for those with related interests and find a group where we can truly be ourselves. Whether we join a church, yoga group, or witch’s coven, our tribe is out there – we just need to find them.
2. Feeling sad
Being a truth seeker can be hard due to spending a lot of time in our heads. While it’s good to think deeply about important things, too much introspection can lead to loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Deep thinkers may also spend a lot of time worrying about the world and other people and feeling helpless about the way humanity is going. Understandably, this can get them down.
While deep thinking can be wonderful, it’s good to take some time out of our heads from time to time. Being in our heads too much can make us sad or unbalanced. Spending time in physical activity can help with this, as can more sensual experiences such as massage or aromatherapy.
3 Finding it hard to lighten up
While deep thinking has immense benefits for you and potentially the world, it is not an ideal state to be in all the time. Truth seeking is just part of life. It’s important to be able to let our hair down, relax, have fun and experience joy, too. Too much thinking can lead to existential despair, worry and depression.
Planning time to do relaxing and fun activities can make for a more balanced life. It’s okay to be frivolous and silly from time to time. It can also help to focus on gratitude as studies show this can lead to a happier, healthier life. Meditation can also quiet a busy mind and break the cycle of overthinking and worrying.
4. Being frustrated by your own lack of progress
Truth seekers may also become frustrated that they cannot seem to live the life they want to lead. Having an ideal picture of how they should be can lead to dissatisfaction when that ideal is not met. Truth seekers can be very critical of themselves when they make a mistake or even think something negative about others.
We must accept that we are all imperfect human beings. No one is going to get everything right all the time or be totally spiritually pure. If we accept ourselves and where we are on our journey we can be happier than if we are always self-critical.
5. Feeling disappointed
Spiritual truth seekers often get insights into how wonderful life could be. But when they can’t stay in that spiritual state, they can be disappointed by the realities of life. We experience a glimpse of bliss but cannot sustain it, and that can be quite a comedown.
This can mean our moods are quite variable, at one time believing we can achieve anything and then feeling like we have let ourselves down. Many of us have had the experience of reading a book or attending a seminar and understanding a new, life-changing truth for the first time. We believe it will change our lives overnight, but this is rarely the case.
Spirituality and truth-seeking are paths rather than destinations. If we let go of our need to maintain a perfect spiritual life all the time and just be ourselves, we will feel more stable.
Aiming for perfection is a recipe for disappointment. Living in the moment can help to break this cycle. Appreciating how far we have come and valuing ourselves for our good qualities can also help us feel more balanced.
Seeking deeper truths in life is an admirable and inspiring goal. However, we should always remember that we are human beings having a material existence at this time.
We are not meant to live purely in our heads. We are meant to experience the full range of human experiences and emotions in this lifetime. If we embrace all aspects of our existence, we will find more happiness and balance in our lives.
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