Zombie Way of Life

You might have seen them on screen, shuffling along, rotten bodies, mindless minds, driven only by the need to consume: they are zombies, the walking dead. Yet, does the rise in zombie movies and TV shows have anything to do with us feeling like zombies in our own way of life?

Can you relate to shuffling along, dragging your feet, your body, through the day, looking at everything with dead, dark eyes? Do you ever feel heavy and bloated, a little bit rotten, ‘blah’, off, seedy or putrid? Have you found yourself forgetting where you put the keys or suddenly streets away from where you last registered being on a drive or a walk? Has your home, your fridge, your wardrobe, your TV, become jammed with contents and yet you find yourself looking for more, mindlessly cramming more into spaces already full, or behaving in ways you know are just not you? Where are we when we live this dull, dead and mindless zombie way of life?

Equally, can you relate to having a bounce and a flow in your step, a twinkle in your eye, a lightness in your body? Have you found yourself in tune and easily moving through the demands of the day with everything you need, right where you need it? Do you know what it is like to just consume only what is needed – no more, no less – be it food, clothing, TV, texting, social media, news and information, things for the home, work, the garden, your car, travel, hair products or recreational activities? On these days there is no feeling of being one of the walking dead, just the livingness of being awake, alive and joyfully aware, present in body and mind and getting on with life.

I can certainly relate to both ways of being and have learnt from experience that unlike the TV zombies, a zombie way of life isn’t a permanent, irreversible condition. It is always a source of absolute amazement that our bodies transform, become revitalised and de-bloated, lithe instead of creaky, alive instead of dead, once we start to lessen the load we put on them from the way we eat, sleep, move and treat ourselves throughout the day. It is like we stop burying ourselves in food, work, consumables, worries, distractions from screens through to over-complicating our lives with busyness and chemicals in the form of alcohol, drugs, painkillers or pharmaceuticals, and let ourselves be.

We can shift out of the zombie-ness of our habits and patterns like eating too much, overdoing it, dragging ourselves out of bed and through the day, binging on TV, buying the un-needed things, isolating ourselves, staying at work too long, delaying going to bed or being too busy to exercise or socialise, too exhausted to bother with anything other than collapsing in a heap at the end of the day or, at the other extreme, smashing ourselves with a ‘work hard, party harder’ mantra, or simply living for wine-o-clock or the chance to munch our cares away.

From zombie to an alive and vital being sometimes takes a wake-up call, something to jolt us out of the stupor, the deadness we can live in for years when we give up and check out of life –– a health scare, relationship break-up, a loss or circumstance that clears a break in the fog and fuzziness of zombie existence. It doesn’t have to be dramatic though, it can be a simple inkling that there is more to life than feeling dead, hanging out for the next episode or season in a series, the next drink, meal or gadget, or just getting through the day so we can go back to bed. Following an inkling is what begins every evolution in life, shedding old habits and ways of being for ones that unfold the life we feel is at hand in those inklings.

There is more to us, underneath the less-ness we can live in with a zombie way of life.

The more we know how deeply we matter,

The easier it is to understand our purpose for being here.

For all our advances, we appear to have lost touch with a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in life to the point where we measure success by our possessions, achievements, bank balances and fame, not our aliveness, the sparkle in the eyes and the spring in the step that has nothing to do with having the latest iPhone, a ticked off to do list or all our ducks being in a row. It comes from the joy inside us – an essence we resist or surrender to, that runs through every particle of our Universe, connecting all of us in a flow that comes from an intelligence beyond what we consider ‘intelligence’.

Connecting to this essence that runs through everything all the time, we get to feel the inkling that there is more to life, that there is a livingness beyond the things that dull, deaden, diminish and deplete us – a way of life that is in tune, in sync, in flow and in rhythm with the ‘All’ of life and the Universe we are part of, down to our last particle.

We are part of something fathomless and purposeful and anytime we wake up from our zombie way of life it is there waiting for us to pick up where we left off, to re-join and live in the awareness of the absolute inter-connectedness and flow of life, knowing without doubt what so many ancient ones before us have said: that we are forever an integral, precious and divine part of something much bigger than ourselves.

By Adrienne Hutchins, B.Ed., Funeral Director, Brisbane, Australia

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485 thoughts on “Zombie Way of Life

  1. Our choice is if we honor the inklings we have or not. I know I have them. I know exactly when I am not living in a loving way, but it isn’t always that I act on it – I keep it to myself and hide in the comfort. For me the key to choosing differently is to speak to others and open up in full about my choices. That level of honesty with myself and others has been the only thing to support a fundmental change in my life.

  2. We are not born zombies, we are born as one great bundle of joy, love, and feeling, but as we grow we become pressured to join what is considered the “normal” way of life so that everything can be as comfortable and acceptable as possible. But it’s not is it, this zombie land we learn to inhabit. It’s painful, and extremely uncomfortable, and damaging. Above all it is an illusion we create. The reality is what we were born with and from, “something fathomless and purposeful”, as you say Adrienne, that something that we choose to ignore until we wake up and find it is always there when we choose it.

  3. When we are in a Zombie-like state and it becomes our normal it is very hard to see that we are actually in that state and it can sometimes take a big shock or illness to wake us up, or to actually meet people that are the total opposite, so much so that the way they shine and move for humanity is all the wake up call we need.

  4. A beautiful sharing on the true depth of our lives and our purpose here and how we are so often avoiding and unaware by our choices of the magnificence and glory we are here to reflect and be.

  5. Great insight, we need to wake up and observe how we too are living from a level of function or getting by in life that can be compared to the Zombies appearing in popular culture now.

  6. Learning to be honest and admit that we are super sensitive and that what is happening around us we are either reacting to or responding to. One I am still exploring and putting into practice is to observe and not absorb.

  7. It is a strong and sobering image of us all zombie-ing through life, having chosen to deaden ourselves to understanding why we are here, the beauty of relationships and our inner strength and wisdom.

  8. Feeling connected to everything and the all is the most natural feeling on earth, but we live the farthest from this naturalness constantly in life. What does that tell us about Life? And how can we then live to return to Truth?

  9. When we live disconnected from who we are we are instead impulsed to move by a quality that does not represent the light of our Soul along with the joy, vitality and knowing of our universality and of our purpose of being here. Void of our connection to our essence we deform ourselves with our movements and behaviours that permit abuse, disregard and the utter dismissal of everything that we innately are and are here to live together.

  10. I wonder, is it easier to live with a tension that something doesn’t feel right and work hard to deal with that by numbing it in whatever way works for us, or is it easier to unpeel a few layers to consider why the feeling of unease is in our body at all. Life seems configured to make the former the simpler option, we have become masters of distraction and go-tos, yet from my experience, the tension just gets louder and the techniques get more extreem till there comes a breaking point where the body gives up ‘coping’.

  11. What I have been observing at work is that most of my co-workers are on a speedy travelator and I am on a slower one. Interestingly enough I get all my work down and extra work, sooner than my co-workers do their designated work.

  12. “Zombie Way of Life” – when i don’t feel connected or lose connection; lose myself, i can feel somewhat zombified. Without connection to ourselves we are instead inhabited by something else that is not us which is leading and walking our body lifeless.

  13. ‘The more we know how deeply we matter, the easier it is to understand our purpose for being here.’ Very true. We may believe that we are isolated beings that have no impact on one another, but in our hearts we know this is not true. We are beings with responsibility and purpose within our hearts and the denial of this is to choose to be less that we innately are.

  14. When we place anything outside of ourselves as being greater than the joy within, then a zombie way of being is lived. We are not living in connection to ourselves so then what are we living in connection to?

  15. I just watched an interview with a flight attendant who was sharing that she stopped clock watching as it was dragging time out for her and reading this today, making her more zombie like – she talked about looking at her watch and going oh, 5 hours to go, i am so tired, lets just shuffle through the next five hours, dragging myself through it until the end. Who cannot relate to that? But it is very zombie like and really not very nice. So in her case, she stopped wearing a watch, and to the best of her ability stayed present to each moment and responding to what is needed.

    1. Good point Sarah – I used to do that – watch the clock waiting to go home, and Ive observed others watching the calendar counting ‘200 pay packets until I retire’ – why is it we want to tick off the moments we are in e.g. towards retirement, yet we are afraid to die and we want to prolong life – but to what end? what quality? If we live purely to seek relief from e.g. work, where is the joy in that?

  16. This is where we satisfy ourselves with function and do not think there can be more to it….a superficial level of life that offers short term rewards and relief rather than looking deeper, feeling deeper and establishing a life of vitality, joy and exuberance.

  17. Many people don’t have the zombie walk but the ‘everything hurts’ walk – the rising levels of obesity lead to more and more failures of hips, knees and feet, increasing diabetes leads to circulation issues in the legs, all of which contribute to people having very unsteady walks as one can see in any shopping centre.

  18. I often feel like I am observing a puppet on a string show when I walk down the streets. There is so much beauty actually in everyone but it is boxed in and not expressed. And from that builds a sadness that is so obvious in so many faces that I see. You really stick out in todays society when you walk vibrant and present and truly joyful through the streets. Pretty sad knowing the fact that everyone is instead of a grey puppet on the string a very colourful puppet without strings.

  19. ‘Equally, can you relate to having a bounce and a flow in your step, a twinkle in your eye, a lightness in your body?’ – Yes yes yes! And to know that that is our true way of being makes it very painful whenever I choose to live anything less.

  20. When I look back at how I used to live before meeting Universal Medicine that seems very zombie-like compared to how I live now, though at the time I believed I was far from being a zombie. What an illusion I lived in.

    1. That’s the scary thing about the zombie sleepwalking state, we do not realise we are even in it, and then when we do, the process of extracting ourselves can be quite challenging. Having the support of others who have gone through the process is a godsend.

  21. I can relate to being like this in the past – “hanging out for the next episode or season in a series, the next drink, meal or gadget, or just getting through the day so we can go back to bed.” For me, food was the highlight of the day because I had no real purpose or enjoyment in life. It is important to take a moment to appreciate how completely different life is today, where I bounce out of bed (most mornings!) as have so much to contribute and offer the world.

  22. I’d say most people can relate to an autopilot zombie way of life. It’s driving to work and not remembering how you got there – often I hear how scared people are when this happens – like who is in control of the wheel? Any time someone describes life as boring – or I feel heavy and life an effort – I know there’s a beautiful presence just waiting to being reconnected to.

    1. Yes, we can have longer and longer dropouts and, with the rising use of screens, this can happen at a young age.

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