We’re not encouraged to sit still.
Less still, do nothing.
It’s all go…, go…, go…
Why is that?
I mean, where exactly are we headed?
Perhaps it’s the trophies, the accolades or the fear of never reaching our full potential.
In my case, I had to learn the hard way; namely, 11 years ago, I was brought to my knees and whilst I can’t say that it outwardly changed me, inside, I wasn’t the same man.
If there was a takeaway (oh, how I hate that word) it was to stop running…from my shadow. To sit down and listen. And I did. And I continue to do so, even if at times I miss the beat of my own psyche and, once again, I’m running from the fear of failure or bent out of shape by the moral order.
Why am I sharing my backstory, again?
It’s a good question. I certainly wouldn’t want you to go through the process of denial that I had to address in the weeks after facing the dark night of my soul, but I would encourage everyone to do a little inner work once in a while. Not the path paved with nihilistic darkness — not that that’s all bad — but to invite a more beautiful question into your heart and to live it. Yes, I know that sounds a bit New Age but too often we try to manifest something in the exterior world or acquire a new set of skills/traits as a way of improving our lot, only, in the space of a few years, to be back (psychologically) where we started.
Then again, what do I know?
Not very much I’m afraid. Like so many people of my generation, we’ve never stopped running long enough to understand that our comfort-seeking ways are at least part of the reason for the Anthropocentric mess we’re now having to wrestle with. In short, if we had any moral compass, let alone a spiritual one, I don’t believe we’d have arrived so soon at this earth-shattering point.
Anyhow, as I’m apt to say in a slightly perfunctory way, onwards dear readers. Onwards.
Much love, Ju