“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” ― Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
It’s easy to lose touch with life.
No, not that life. You know, the ‘doing it, doing it, doing it’ variety but the sought of life where we’re not in constant struggle with what is.
But, of course, with our ‘always on’ society, we miss it. We miss it, because we’re so busy chasing the next fix, or To Do List or goal that we don’t see that breathing, sitting and laughing (as examples) are actually where our attention should go. Not as an escape — that’s a little how I feel sometimes about the whole meditation thing — but to come alive to true self.
Of course, it’s not for everyone. For a start, most people don’t want to be alone with their thoughts. Why should they? For a start, they’re sick to death of the same riff that chides them for not doing more. And then there’s the likely narcissism, and on and on it goes.
In saying this, I’m not suggesting you change your life but just once in a while I think it’s good to stop, do nothing and understand the whole premise of life is not to move (constantly) from one faux point to another, but to come alive to the person you were born to be; namely, someone who doesn’t hide behind a serious of masks to fit in.
If you do have time today, try sitting for a few minutes, breathe deeply and hear yourself at the most profound level. And then ask yourself, “What is my experience of life?” . You may not get the question now, but it might find a place in your heart once you’ve found a way to let go of all the usual stuff we’re apt to describe as 21st-century living.