“You don’t HAVE a Life. You ARE Life!” Eckhart Tolle
The Espirational theme for this month is A LIfe Well Lived. Please join me this month as we explore what it means to live well.
When many people think of a life well lived they think of a destination, where they will have acquired possessions, fame, accomplishments, power and money. I like to think of it more in terms of the journey and how we travel through this life.
What is most important to you, what you do or who you are? We live in a world where we are all about doing, accomplishing and acquiring. Life becomes so much about jobs, money, degrees, awards and possessions that we can forget who we are. When we forget who we are it is easy to get lost.
This world needs you. Your job needs you. Your family needs you. You were created in all your unique splendor for a purpose only you can fulfill.
When we focus on being the expression of the Divine that we are the doing will fall into place. As we walk in light, love, peace and joy we will discover what is ours to do in this world. We will begin to live a life of service to others.
Next time you find yourself overwhelmed by a frenzy of doing ask yourself these three things:
- Is this necessary?
- Does this serve my higher good and that of the world?
- Is this mine to do?
A life well lived isn’t about achieving or earning. A life well lived is being who you are and then doing what is yours to do to serve others.
We live in perilous times. We all need to show up. Not to run around doing a bunch of senseless things till we are exhausted. We all need to show up as the light that we are, and radiate that light of God out into the world.
“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in all the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.” – John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968), American Writer receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962
“We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.” – Epictetus (55 – 135), Greek Philosopher
“Authentic freedom is actually the freedom of knowing who you are, why you are here, your purpose in life and where you are going when you leave here.” Wayne Dyer
When you hear the word “freedom” what comes to mind? I’m guessing if we could hear our answers they would be many and varied. We would probably have answers that would cancel each other out or greatly interfere with the freedom of another.
We are having problems in this great experiment in Democracy called America in realizing that freedom is for all, not just a select few. We’ve always had that problem, haven’t we? It’s really nothing new. Why did it take so long for anyone who was not a white, male, landowner to be able to vote? Early “pilgrims” to this “New World” were fleeing religious persecution, only to become known for their persecution of others who did not believe as they.
Something we should be learning by now is that the greatest threat to individual liberty is FEAR. That has been the biggest threat to American freedom since the terrorists attacks of 2001. When we fear people, cultures, religions, ideas everything can really turn sideways. It can cause the country of the Statue of Liberty and “give me your tired, your poor” to start talking about travel bans and building that infamous wall. It can cause us to fear each other and care only about protecting ourselves and what we have instead of working together to create a world that works for all. We even become afraid of people just because they are different.
What’s the answer? I don’t know, but I think we need to stop being afraid of each other and start talking and really listening.