“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”
– Anais Nin
It is more clear than ever today that we live in world where most people are living like they’d be dead. How can we expect them to live in any other way when no one has shown them anything else. We grow up thinking this is how life should be. We should enjoy a life governed by Monday to Friday 9-5 jobs, we should enjoy taking our holidays at the same time as everyone else does, we should follow the same path as everyone else in the society. It’s not until something speaks deeply to our feelings that a spark of light enters our otherwise sheltered lives. That spark is the direction towards awakening from living like you were dead. If you choose to follow it, you choose to live differently to the living dead.
Are you living dead or living awake?
How can you best find that spark which directs you on your path to living awake? The trick is simple; find your passion. Find what speaks to your feelings deeply, find the space and environment where time stops and you feel like everything around you disappears.
Some of us paint, some dance, some play an instrument, some fall deep in our readings, some take a long walk in the nature, some meditate, some run fast and hard, some listen to music, some spend time with a person who already is awaken.
Whatever it is that connects you deep with your feelings it doesn’t matter, we are different and we find our light in different ways. There is no right or wrong. Listen to your inner voice, listen when everything becomes still, find that moment when your breathing is in line with that infinite calmness and stillness around you. That is the state where you’ll find your spark, that’s where you’ll find the direction towards living a life which is everything else than ordinary.
It is easy when you really want it. Millions of people have done it before you, millions of people are doing it at the moment. When the spark is bright enough and the now is dark enough, you cannot help but to look for the light which is already all around you, you’ve just ignored it up until now with so many layers of blinds you’ve not been able to see it. Open the blind just a little bit and maybe, maybe you might find something you never knew existed.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” Anais Nin