What’s the meaning of life? What’s the point of living?
All of us ask ourselves at one time or another (or regularly!) questions like “What should I do with my life to be happy?”, “What can I do to improve my life?”, “Am I doing what I was born to do?”, “If I could only do…..then things would be better”. Ad infinitum.
We spend our lives focused on what. What to do now, what not to do, what to do next, what we did, or didn’t, do days, weeks or years ago, what we should, shouldn’t, must, mustn’t, would like to do etc. while at the same time what we really want is simply to feel good, regardless of what we are doing.
If we are doing something we would usually identify as pleasant but are not feeling good then it’s not a nice experience, is it? But if we are doing something we would usually identify as unpleasant but are feeling good then it would be a nice experience, despite the circumstances, wouldn’t it?
So WHAT you are doing matters but little my friend – peace, joy, happiness and pleasantness are only found in the HOW of things. How I am doing what I am doing is the key to a joyful life. As the adage goes, it’s about the journey and not the destination. It’s true!
Now HOW is all about awareness. The more awareness you bring to what you are doing, the more you are focused on the how, rather than the what. Awareness lets in the joy of simply living and closes the door to memory and its interminable mind games.
Yeh; i know, theory is always the easy part and intellectually understanding something doesn’t change a damn thing. Well, actually understanding intellectually IS the first step in change. Once an intellectualy understanding is assimilated emotionally then it starts to become real change.
To take the step from intellectual understanding to emotional requires you to have a heightend awareness of your physical body – Emotion being e-motion, or energy-in-motion. Energy in motion within your body creates your feelings, thoughts and actions, so it really is the building block of your life experience.
When you are aware of the energy flowing through your body at any given time (where it is, how strong, pleasant or unpleasant…) then you have a heightened appreciation of your state and are consequently living in the HOW rather than the what.
When you are actually aware of something you are able to make a conscious choice to either stay with it or change it, aren’t you? A lack of awareness is when you lose control and become a victim of your mind’s madness.
As always, you mind would love you to think that true peace either doesn’t exist or requires you to be an extraordianary human being or requires you to live and die thousands of times first, when in reality it’s a consequence of just being outside of the mind.
Breathe deep, relax and feel the energy!
“How can one ever know anything if they are too busy thinking?” Gautama Buddha
“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life” Buddha