Things I Got Rid Of To Become Happier

Written by on June 28, 2015 in Conscious Living, Happiness & Humor, Thrive with 4 Comments

By Omar Cherif
I threw the ball and captured the photo then later realized that the moon is at the top right — 5:30 pm, June 24, 2015As some of you already know, during those last few years I went through a self-transformation Renaissance. This meant I had to let go of some habits which were not serving me or my growth. Some of them were dragging me backwards, while others were simply not needed. So getting rid of those habits was the conscious thing to do.

Many years prior, I had already let go of more shallow, ego-driven things such as losing interest in conflict, competing, comparing, and judging — myself or others. So this, one could say, is a second wave of detachment.


1- Drugs

It wouldn't be right if I'm writing this article and I do not mention drugs. After self-medicating for years using all sorts of chemicals and plants, I finally realized that I do not need drugs to be happy or cool or whatever.

Drugs, however, could be occasional tools for altering our states of consciousness and for expanding our perspective. But when it becomes a need, like the case with addictive drugs, this is when one should rethink their life's priorities. Opiated Then Hatin' It is a recent piece about the matter.

So, the number one thing I got rid of is the need to take drugs.


2- Saying the Word ‘Hate’

Though I usually remember such life-changing moments, but I'm not exactly sure how it first happened. Perhaps the Masaru Emoto experiments with water and rice has fueled this new habit. I simply realized that it's such a heavy word and that it is usually overused.

Since I was a kid, I hate people who do this. I hate that vegetable. I hate this, I hate that. We hear the word so often that it sort of loses its original meaning. But when you think about it, it's a whiny thing to say; it's a childish emotion, which essentially stems from fear. Why let something outside of you take control and get you to the point of hating? There is no reason to be disempowered in such a way.

What I might ‘hate’ are child-molesters, animal-abusers, women-beaters, rapists and the likes. Though I do not go around stating it. Because, when you realize that in this dual universe the dark will always exist, you are freed from the need to hate it. You may not agree with it, but you accept its existence, which makes you less prone to reaching that ‘hate’ emotion.

The only way to deal with evil in this world is to accept it. That's the only way to set yourself free from the darkness. Because, again, darkness will never vanish; for that's how the cosmos is balanced.

We do not fight the darkness, we light a candle.

‘Hate’ is really is a strong word, and emotion, and I'm doing great by kicking it out of my vocabulary.


3- Watching T.V. and Following the News

This one is a major game-changer. You actually have time, clarity, and energy to do more constructive things. I don't read or listen or watch the news now. What I do, however, is create my own headlines — my own reality. You know it's called Mass Media and T.V Programming for a reason.

Checking my Facebook feeds to find who got killed where and what went wrong how eventually gets too much if one wants to live a conscious life. I had stopped watching T.V six years ago and that was one of the best decisions I have taken in my life. Sadly, social media is now starting to play the same role…propagating fear and negativity. Well, thanks but no thanks. I don't deny such things exist in this dual world, but, I willingly choose to live away from all these low vibrations.


4- Cooking Every Day

When I went to Canada I was regaining my health after many years of poor diet and a toxic lifestyle. So I did care a lot about food since I had missed it — the taste, the smell, the variety, the colours, the natural feeling of hunger. Cooking became a new discovery and I fell in love with the creative part of it.

However, after moving to the U.S later, I realize that I don't need full meals every single day. Now a salad is a meal, an avocado is a meal, yoghurt with honey is also one. Naturally, I lost two waist sizes in a few months and I feel better than ever. You can read about it Here.


5- Trying to “Wake People Up”

When we open our eyes and see beyond all the illusions we're surrounded by, we usually feel compelled, out of care, to open the eyes of others. But in reality, that's not how it works. Everyone wakes at their own pace and that's how it should be. Forcing it will never work. In fact, it can reverse the process and make people reject all notions of ‘awakening’.

Now, I don't attempt to convince anyone with anything; neither do I attempt to change their minds. And what peace of mind have I gained!

The following quotes had helped me overcome that compulsion to assume what's best for others — despite remaining a challenge is some cases.

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
― Rumi

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
― Lao Tzu

Your work is not to drag the world kicking and screaming into a new awareness. Your job is to simply do your work — Sacredly, Secretly, and Silently — and those with “eyes to see and ears to hear,” will respond.
― The Arcturians


6- Killing Insects

This may be a little odd for some. But yeah, you read that right: No killing insects that I find at home, or anywhere else of course. When I have to, I catch and release them instead.

Living in a bungalow by the beach means the occasional visit from our cousins, the insects. I have written before on how a fly stuck in a room will always cooperate with us if we want to kick it out than if you want to kill it. Because, it’s mere instinct. The same goes for other types of insects.

With that in mind, in those past several months I have given new lives to several moths, butterflies, spiders, ants, three mosquitoes, and a few other species I never even knew existed. It truly is the last thing on my mind now is to reach for a repellent or a shoe whenever I see an insect. Because all sentient beings deserve to live in freedom.

You can check my earlier pieces about ants Here, Here, and There.


7- Worrying and Overthinking

They do not work. They create problems that were never there and drain our energy. Truly, they are like the measles. Yet, most people either live in the past or in the future. Those who dwell on the past are depressed; those who overthink the future are worried. Only a few are able to enjoy their Here and Now; only them find peace of mind.

That said, dropping the worrying and overthinking was a preliminary step towards my peace and happiness. It is of significance to note that this healthy not-giving-a-fuck attitude is not solely about being care-free, but rather it's about prioritizing the things one cares about.





About the Author:

Omar Cherif Omar Cherif is a trilingual writer and researcher, photographer and blogger with degrees in journalism, psychology, and philosophy. After working in the corporate world for ten years, he took writing as a vocation and is currently finalizing his first book about dreams, the subconscious mind and spirituality among other topics.


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  1.' Timothy says:

    I totally agree with these sediments. The word “hate” is a reference of strong emotional feeling. But the phrase “I hate” is a hundred times the life sucking force that effects all around the person saying and feeling it. Therefore, I would say to get rid of the phrase, and not just the word. ..

  2.' Angela Seth says:

    Simply well put. I’m on the right track! lol

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