Who/what leads your life?
Way back in undergrad I majored in Philosophy because I actually wanted to study wisdom. At the time I didn't give much thought to how that choice would (not) benefit me in the marketplace.
I didn't think about it because I did not view myself as a market dweller, but as an earth dweller. I don't live in a mall. I live on a planet.
Twenty-six years later, and I feel even more disconnected from the myth that our lives are intended for constant gorging, buying, wasting, numbing, rushing. No thank you.
My identity is anchored in love. Not stuff. And I'm currently organizing my entire life around this truth. I know the things my soul longs for, and none of it is merchandise. Well, maybe a little is merchandise (technology!), but it's not the main thing. It's the supporting thing.
So one day I just found myself completely out-of-step with culture's push to earn and burn. My heart demanded more of me. When I tried to make it conform (ouch!) and go mainstream, it called me a liar. That is no way to live, in constant disagreement with yourself, and your values.
I started daydreaming about a simple, unhurried low-carbon life that would support my desire to study, write, create, explore, and make beauty and harmony. Because those are the kinds of pursuits you can give yourself to when you're not chasing dollars, like a rodent trapped on a wheel.
After coming to peace with the fact that I was not put on this planet to collect and compare possessions, I took on the tingly assignment of asking myself:
"Well, why then? Why were you put here, if not to make money and buy stuff?"
I'd be honored if you shared your answer below.
11/13/2013 11:21:08 pm
I'm here to promote simple living, sincerity and biophilia (love of life). And also to bring dignity to those with the neural trait of heightened sensitivity.
11/14/2013 01:27:37 am
I am here to learn a way to grow and heal at my pace and to inspire others to grow and heal at their pace. To learn a way to enjoy simply being alive - in spite of all the woundedness in me or in the world around me. To understand and cherish our differences and the budding potential in all that difference. To cultivate a courage to follow what feels important to me and not to be distracted or disheartened by the loud external messages that seem to have other priorities.
11/14/2013 03:05:50 am
Bless you, Ildiko. And thank you for sharing your heart's voice. I stand in strong agreement with you, that your life is a Light, and a Balm. First for you, and then for others. Our pain WANTS to become our pearl. I see, and salute you. XO
11/14/2013 11:54:34 am
I am here to love and inspire. I am here to help and protect that which matters most. I am here to live from the spirit and not from this fleeting material world that attempts to seduce us with this green kryptonite we call money. I want to feel alive...
11/14/2013 06:42:28 pm
Beautiful, Rhajimas. I am glad you are here.
11/14/2013 04:39:05 pm
I'm not sure why I'm here, but I intend to find out :)
11/14/2013 06:45:56 pm
I know you will, lady! :-)
11/14/2013 09:06:37 pm
I am here! Oh, wait, there was more to the question. And what a beautiful, much-needed and welcome questions it is, Erika. Thank you for caring about yourself and for caring enough to ask us, too.
11/17/2013 06:46:06 am
Hip, hip HOORAY!
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