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In Search of Eden

What are you searching for? Of what are you in hot pursuit? Everybody’s searching for something: a job, misplaced keys, a long-lost relative, true love, a remedy, a cure, an escape, hope, money, quiet, purpose, meaning to the daily grind, understanding, satisfying  answers, truth, justice, closure, mercy, security, forgiveness, happiness, peace, pleasure, paradise?!

Have you checked the lost n’ found? 🙂

Some tire out and give up their quest without finding what they really need/want out of this life. Please, Don’t give up! Keep up your search! Caregivers and Partners have needs and when these are filled, they may find a measure of happiness.

One key to happiness is being aware of this:

 “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.”

I don’t believe that spirituality (not talking “religion”, which may conjure up many negatives and atrocities in the name of) is an unreality! I think too much emphasis on “material” things/possessions/items is an unreality and here’s why: many are seduced into looking to material things for permanent security. Okay, you may feel that money, possessions and high-paying jobs offer many advantages. But do they, really?! The advantages may be of a temporary nature. Notice these thought-provoking points, I recently read in an interesting article entitled, “Do Not Follow Unrealities”

“What do material things deliver, though, when health fails, when the economy crumbles, or when a natural disaster strikes? What do they deliver when people feel empty inside, in need of purpose, direction, and answers to life’s deeper questions? What relief can they deliver in the face of death? If we look to material things to fill spiritual needs, we will be disappointed. Material possessions do not deliver; they are unrealities. In the long run, they cannot even provide physical security, for they have no lasting effect on the present brevity of human life or the likelihood of sickness and death.”

Is that all there is…work hard, acquire stuff, and more stuff, and more stuff, then die and let someone else take care of all your stuff?!

Yes, I realize we all need some stuff to survive, but there is a big difference between needs and wants – between over-commercialism and conservationism. Do we really need all that we think we need? Can we simplify/free our lives by getting rid of excess material baggage that is weighing us down and occupying too much of our time? Time is life. How we manage our time is how we manage our life!

How do you choose to fill your time? Do people fill your time, or do things? The more you have, the more you have to take care of, the more money you need to maintain the stuff… it seems like a vicious cycle of enslavement to me, leaving less time with family, friends and loved ones! Can we free up some time for family and friends? Can we live/survive with less? Would you agree that over-commercialism, over-consumerism is ruining beautiful earth?

Earth - Early Morning on the East Coast
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As caregivers, we should take care of the people in our life, our earth, etc. and not just our material possessions. Yes, material things have a place in our lives – but do they have to have first place in our lives?! What place should people vs. possessions/things have in our lives? Should spirituality have a place? Yes, a house is full of material things/items, but what makes the house a home? Possessions? I don’t think so! Our planet earth is our home. Don’t you think we should take better care of it?!

In an article entitled, “Eden, was it Mankind’s Original Home?” I found it “significant” that there is a “collective consciousness” around the globe that mankind had its start in a place – a garden – a paradise – an Eden. For centuries Judaism, Christendom and Islam have taught about this garden home where God put Adam and Eve. Hindus have concepts about Paradise, and Buddhists believe great spiritual leaders arise in such golden ages when the world is like paradise. Some religions of Africa teach stories that resemble Adam and Eve.

All of this got me pondering:

Is this a collective memory/imprint of something real?! Did Adam and Eve lose endless life?! Can it be found?! Did this paradise garden exist?! Is mankind on a collective quest in search of “Eden?!” A nostalgia for what was lost, but somehow not a forgotten paradise of endless happiness and endless life and the quest to recover it?! Some cultures and/or religions seem to hold a (spiritual) commonality to Edenic ideals: perfection of mind, body, peaceful, harmonious existence between men, women, animals, living things, earth, god and eternal life. Even those not spiritually-inclined, non-believers in religion/God(s), those scientifically-inclined or technologically-inclined, seem to seek a kind of “Eden” as well; by that I mean, they seek to find new and innovative ways to elevate quality of life, or prolong longevity of life, or add pleasure to life through science or technology. Eden means pleasure and delight. Doesn’t everybody want a piece of Eden? To be in this state? This place… forever? Does endless life in Paradise appeal to you? It does to some.

This is a “spiritual” question. In order to know where mankind/humanity/civilization/care-giving is going, headed – our collective destination of sorts – perhaps we need to know where we started – where it all began. Do you believe in Adam and Eve as the first man and woman? Does spirituality and being conscious of this need-to-know the answers to life’s big questions impact your care-giving? Some are believers, some are not. (I totally respect all of us have a choice in the matter.) I happen to find it an interesting topic for research and/or discussion: how spirituality may or may not impact one’s care-giving and/or partnerships. Technology and Science impact care-giving; spirituality should as well.

Thanks for reading my blog. (I hope you found something of value here.) I hope you find what you are searching for – perhaps a little piece of paradise!

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In Search of Eden

Joan Winifred

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Winifred, J. (2012). In Search of Eden. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 6, 2019, from


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