THE MANY PRISONS OF THE MIND, AND CHOOSING TO BE HAPPY

Journey Into A Cave

In the Allegory of the Cave Plato, Socrates describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners’ reality, but are not accurate representations of the real world. Three higher levels exist: the natural sciences,  mathematics, geometry, and deductive logic; and the theory of forms.

Socrates explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are actually not reality at all. A philosopher aims to understand and perceive the higher levels of reality. However, the other inmates of the cave do not even desire to leave their prison, for they know no better life.

Most people around the World are not free, they are prisoners. No, they are not in jail,  they are prisoners of their ideas, their moods, and the way they choose to see the World. To be happy it’s a commitment with life to choose to be happy, make it your everyday practice, regardless of changing circumstances.

La Vie En Rose

As a young man I first heard from a wiser old man that life it’s like the famous song, sang by Edith Piaf: “La Vie en Rose.”  Yes, you have to wear pink colored glasses.

And that’s a choice we made up, not only every day, but moment to moment, because life it’s change.

Des yeux qui font baisser les miens
Un rire qui se perd sur sa bouche
Voilà le portrait sans retouches
De l’homme auquel j’appartiens

Quand il me prend dans ses bras
Il me parle tout bas
Je vois la vie en rose

Il me dit des mots d’amour
Des mots de tous les jours
Et ça me fait quelque chose

Il est entré dans mon cœur
Une part de bonheur
Dont je connais la cause

C’est lui pour moi, moi pour lui dans la vie
Il me l’a dit, l’a juré pour la vie

Et dès que je l’aperçois
Alors je sens en moi
Mon cœur qui bat

Des nuits d’amour à plus finir
Un grand bonheur qui prend sa place
Des ennuis, des chagrins s’effacent
Heureux, heureux à en mourir

Quand il me prend dans ses bras
Il me parle tout bas
Je vois la vie en rose

Il me dit des mots d’amour
Des mots de tous les jours
Et ça me fait quelque chose

Il est entré dans mon cœur
Une part de bonheur
Dont je connais la cause

C’est toi pour moi, moi pour toi dans la vie
Il me l’a dit, l’a juré pour la vie

Et dès que je t’aperçois
Alors je sens dans moi
Mon cœur qui bat
La la, la la, la la
La la, la la, ah la
La la la la

Couple Dancing Tango

Eyes that make mine lower

A laugh that is lost on his mouth
Here is the portrait without retouching
From the man I belong to
When he takes me in his arms
He whispers to me
I see life in pink
He tell me love words
Everyday words
And it does something to me
He has entered in my heart
A slice of happiness
That I know the reason
It’s him for me, me for him in life
He told me, swore it for life
And as soon as I see him
So I feel Inside me
My heart beating
Nights of endless love
A great happiness that takes its place
Trouble, sorrow fades away
Happy, happy to die
When he takes me in his arms
He whispers to me
I see life in pink
He tell me love words
Everyday words
And it does something to me
He has entered in my heart
A slice of happiness
That I know the reason
It’s you for me, me for you in life
He told me, swore it for life
And as soon as I see you
So I feel inside me
My heart beating
La la, la la, la la
La la, la la, ah la
La la la la

And sure it’s a song about love, and you may not have a couple, but it doesn’t matter, it’s about loving ourselves, and the truth is, we need so little to be happy, to hear a  joke, when someone smile to us, when we think positively about life, why then not to choose to be happy? And I am not saying it’s easy, but if you make it a practice, it become like switching gears, in your car, you do it without thinking, effortless.

Portrait of a group of business people laughing against white background

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29 Responses to THE MANY PRISONS OF THE MIND, AND CHOOSING TO BE HAPPY

  1. Thank you so much mr. Brogido for making me think positively!😀By the way, j‘aime beaucoup la vie en rose et Edith Piaff!

    • theburningheart says:

      Nice comment Martina thank you.
      Yes, it’s a lovely song, and an attitude to see life. 🙂

      • Yes, certainly, but as far as I know Edith Piaff herself, didn’t see life always sooo rosy!
        Anyway, I wish you a day with as little worries as possible:)

      • theburningheart says:

        Well, yes Martina, it’s the Human condition, like the doctor who prescribe the diet, not following himself/herself, or as one teacher of mine will like to tell us: “Deeds are love, and not good reasons ”

        Take care Martina and thank you! 😊

  2. Ashish kumar says:

    This is very optimistic post… liked it…

  3. A very worthy topic, and timely these days.

  4. Hi. Here’s a song that fits in with your theme:

  5. Thank you for the visit, which reminded me that I had fully intended to leave a comment here. The attitude is right at the top of my page. According to the physics, there is no such thing as “luminous aether”. Nevertheless, something still appears when we venture to look for it.

    “Light is a state of mind.”

    My parents chose to write my name using the kanji for “beauty”. I always thought it perhaps a little trite and wishful… until my mom died, and I had reason to write my name in a subsequent ceremony. Suddenly, I understood how it had been a gift. Not in the sense of Amaterasu seeing her own beautiful reflection in the Yata no Kagami, but in the wisdom of Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto to recognize how its recognition brings light.

    We all have those places and those moments of Tolstoy’s darkness and despair. The way beyond is always toward the light, the overwhelmingly magnificent beauty of something immeasurably, unknowably greater, even it’s just a reflection of our own minds.

    Peace and beauty to you always. 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      You are right about that, as conscious entities, Humans, we live mainly in our minds, and we shape our lives accordingly, as we see the World, outside of us, but within our minds, and experiences, and to each his/her vision, and as the saying says: “Each mind is a World on itself”
      Thank you for your valuable insight. 😊

  6. selizabryangmailcom says:

    It’s a huge challenge to be positive and feel light, at least for me. Practice IS the key and I suppose what’s missing: regular, consistent practice. It’s absolutely necessary.

    • theburningheart says:

      Living on itself is hard, and choosing to be happy despite all the negative stuff, you are right it’s hard, and a practice is necessary to keep us going. 😊

  7. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Can’t stop trying, though. Otherwise, why would one get out of bed in the morning? One wouldn’t! 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, even getting out of bed, somedays it’s a problem, but we live until we die. 😊😉

  8. I’m not sure I can take some much positivity right now, Mr Anaya … 😉 😉 OK I will TRY!! Promise! 🙂

    • Sorry for being so honest, It’s not because I’m feeling depressed right now, I just feel cynical, but it will pass, I’m sure 🙂

      • theburningheart says:

        Just remember, the only thing we can control, to the best of our abilities, it’s our own attitude, the rest we have no control, and controlling our moods an attitudes it’s not easy, and it’s a daily practice, never ending, I guess until we die, it seems all we do it’s to deal with the next problem. And the ironies never cease, like Violeta Parra, she wrote a song very popular in Latin America titled: “Gracias a la Vida.” (Thanks to Life) And she ended committing suicide!
        Or as Martina pointed out: ” Edith Piaff herself, didn’t see life always so rosy!”

        Best wishes to you Jean-Jacques. 😉

    • theburningheart says:

      I know Jean-Jacques it’s not easy, specially when we see the news.😒🤦‍♂️

  9. J.D. says:

    What an uplifting post. The equivalent metaphor in English for “La vie en rose” is “to view life through rose-colored glasses”. (I’m fluent in French) And, yes, you don’t need to be in a relationship to relate to the song. As you said so insightfully: it’s about loving ourselves. 🙂 Wishing you many rose-colored days.

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you Julie, for your good wishes.😊
      As for following my own advice, I am as bad as anybody else, just today first thing on the morning I had to remind myself from not asking too much out of a situation, since I do not deserve better!!
      Just will take what it comes, and be grateful for whatever we may accomplish today, as little as may be, and yes, wear my pink colored glasses of the mind, and heart, through the end of the day, comes what may come.

      Wish for you the best Julie. 😊💖

  10. Una buena interpretación del mito de la caverna y una mejor conclusión. La felicidad está a nuestro alrededor, solamente tenemos que dejarla entrar. Salud.

  11. theburningheart says:

    Gracias por el comentario Julio.

  12. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing such an uplifting message and a much needed reminder.

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