It’s the New Year so what better time to go on a journey of self exploration. Have you noticed a trend in all the blog posts, self help books and Oprah episodes encouraging us to become more introspective? To get to know ourselves more, to live the life we were meant to live and to sail towards our North Star. It takes a lot of work – getting to know yourself, to understand what it is you’re really meant to be in life, to fill your life with passion and consequently spread your light to others. It’s not easy to find your North Star in my opinion. You encounter a lot of choppy waters in the process. What happens if you find where you are in life is not exactly where you want to be – that’s a kicker – because chances you’re going to make an awful lot of people very unhappy if you decide to steer the boat in different direction. So my question is – are we taking it a little too far? Should we just lie low and be thankful for small mercies and leave everyones lives in tact? How much collateral damage are we willing to live with?
On reflection I don’t actually think this is a trend. I suspect this is a condition of the human spirit that has been around since time immemorial. Most of us are learners and seekers. There is something in our psyche that yearns to know our true purpose, to know our true selves. Very few of us have a life that has been predetermined for us, and those that do generally kick and scream about it. But for the rest of us it’s about getting to the root of who we are and why we’re here and it’s a messy, tricky task. Not to mention that these days we live so much longer that we tend to change tact from time to time.
I have no concrete answers for my musings as I’m in the middle of my journey, there’s a bit of a storm raging, the compass is very fogged up and I suspect one or two of my sails have ripped. I also suspect that now is a really really bad time to stop or try to turn around, it’s exactly the right time to reset the course and sail as close to my soul as possible – without hurting anyone else – tricky! Perhaps that’s where meditation comes in. Perhaps that’s were breath comes in. There’s a special place in breath after the exhale and just before the inhale, there’s a moment of space, of peace where there’s a pause. Perhaps that’s where the answers are.