This is the age of the quick fix, feeling a bit down and low in energy? Why that’s easy to solve, there are plenty of advertisements out there telling you how to fill that empty space, everything from the latest i Phone to food and alcohol, tv programs, the list is endless. But have you noticed that this constant need to acquire stuff doesn’t actually seem to produce happiness, you would imagine that wealthy people must live in a state of ecstasy according to this credo but the fact of the matter is that it just isn’t so.
As long as we search outside of ourselves for meaning we are going to continue to come up short, the true journey begins within, and the outcome is not about fixing anything.
“So, the first point to make about care of the soul is that it is not primarily a method of problem solving. Its goal is not to make life problem-free, but to give ordinary life the depth and value that come with soulfulness”
Care Of The Soul, Thomas Moore, p4.
I made the decision about 20 years ago that I needed to start integrating my spiritual life into my everyday living, otherwise why bother? It’s been a long journey in that period of time and I’m still very much a work in progress, but I think I can safely say that there have been huge improvements. I learned very slowly over time to love myself as I am, and found methods to let go of the emotional charge held in my body that had me reacting to life’s events rather than responding. If you’ve been with me for a while then you’ve heard quite a bit about all of that.
Time now for a fresh start on this journey, I spoke a few posts ago about my sense that I have come to the end of a chapter, and that’s still very much how I’m feeling. There is clearing out of anything that no longer serves me in this process, but even more there is a sense of building and creating the new chapter that is opening up, not only for me I believe but for the whole of humanity. I’m going to be a student over the next few weeks with the focus very much on this subject, so stay posted for any useful insights that may come my way!
“…..the goal is a richly elaborated life, connected to society and nature, woven into the culture of family, nation, and globe. The idea is not to be superficially adjusted, but to be profoundly connected in the heart to ancestors and to living brothers and sisters in all the many communities that claim our hearts.”
Care Of The Soul, Thomas Moore, Introduction: p xviii.
The Beatles knew all about this stuff, take a trip down memory lane with “Can’t Buy Me Love”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMwZsFKIXa8