Perhaps the biggest dis-ease in the world today is living life on the Hamster Wheel.
The constant grind and struggle and pursuit of something: Money. Job. Career. Relationships. Success. Balance. Health. Beauty. Approval. Enlightenment. Peace. Whatever.
It becomes a type of internal prison and often people aren’t even aware of how insidious and pervasive it affects their whole life.
That which you chase you will never have.
All the chase leads to is more of the chase.
(And if that is what you want. Go for it.)
I’ve talked about it before: don’t try.
Just choose. Choose you.
They don’t teach this in schools. There is no Harvard MBA for this. In fact, society teaches quite the opposite, don’t they?
I like this Zen gatha:
‘Chasing after the world
brings only chaos.
Allowing it all to come to me
Of course we are here to explore and create and desire is not a bad thing. But a distinction needs to be made:
It’s the choice not to give your power away to the world but to be you.
“I looked at my life, and it was also a river.” -Hermann Hesse
We are all in the habit of trying too hard in our lives. Some more than others of course.
Breathe deep and see your life for what it is.
Breathe deep and feel where your body carries tensions new, old and ancient.
Breathe deep and see your choices and the manifestation and flow of life.
Have you ever tried to have a fight with the ocean or wind? It doesn’t last too long, does it? So, don’t bother trying so hard. Stop fighting and resisting and denying whatever you are.
Even in the last 5 seconds of your life you will be choosing and experiencing what you will. And of course the journey never really ends, does it?
Love is the allowance of all that is. That is the energy of what we are, ultimately. It is for you to observe and know that.
And to choose it.
Are your choices aging you?
Have you ever wondered if there was another way to live, one where we don’t age in the usual way?
Of course this world will offer so many things to push and pull against. If we let it.
Make relaxation more than a part of your life, make it your way of life. That ease of being. FEEL IT. Practice letting go and allowing your life to be an expression of allowance.
It is the friction and tension and weight of our lives that ages us. Our choices and perspectives. Our choice not to go with the flow of things and move with that deeper river of energy.
Cultivate a daily practice that will replenish your energy and mind. Whatever that may be for you. And open yourself to something more.
To read more about this topic see my blog post ‘The Fountain of Youth does exist~’
A problem often cannot be solved at the level or consciousness of the problem itself. The mind will keep spinning and the walls will remain.
But open yourself to more and realize that you can create a new structure or paradigm for your life. One that will present new limits and issues.
And the exploration will continue from there.
But ask yourself…
Are you here to solve problems?
Or, are you here for more?
An example from my own life would be this:
Recently I have been feeling like I am stagnant with my job. I have looked for jobs of interest and nothing has happened yet. So instead of ‘trying harder’ and getting frustrated, I am going on vacation to Jamaica!
Shift your perspective and energy and allow the rest to fall into place. That is my approach to things, basically.
This bird is an expression of the infinite.
Think about that for a moment.
Now, how do you see yourself?