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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632 thoughts on “Zombie Way of Life

  1. I feel we have forgotten that we are part of the universe and have instead reduced ourselves to a zombie like way of life out of rhythm to the universe we are such an integral part of.

  2. Consuming only what is needed, whether that be material goods or food and drink, is a very liberating way to live and definitely puts a spring into one’s step.

  3. Have you ever been in deep in thought when walking and someone replies to you, Don’t worry it may never happen! Or, the days you drive to work and don’t remember the journey? Our mind can become a maze that we can get lost in that leaves us on the outside looking like an empty vessel!

  4. I know that feeling well – particularly when you are snapped out of the zombie like reverie because you missed doing something, did not follow up, was not concentrating in a conversation. A totally different feeling to being bright and engaged with the world and all around.

  5. I can so relate to both ways! Dipping in and out of both. I now spend less time in the zombie zone as it’s pointlessness has become so obviously pointless! Life lived in this side of the tracks is so dead and the other side is so alive and vibrant it makes no sense to get stuck in zombie land.

  6. You are lost but you may not notice it because all your movements leading to that point prepared you to feel this is just a natural state of being. You aimed (perhaps unconsciously to some degree) at reducing life to a point where things are what they are and the dramas and dilemmas all fit within that point. This reduction may not be seen as such by many but reduction remains. When it is way too obvious you may stand out and people can see it. The art of reducing may be exercised in measures we decide upon. The ´good´ thing about this. Is that many of your observers also exercise it so you may remain part of the flock for a while. And that is the problem. There is no one pulling you up, saying anything to you that makes you stop because there is always someone who likes the game you are playing and tag along, bringing you the comfort you need to keep this otherwise utterly uncomfortable game going.

    1. Definitely Eduardo, fitting into the crowd is worse when you are living life dialled down but perfectly acceptable to the crowd. The desire to fit in is so strong in me that I totally understand the desire for the protection it affords but the cost to you is enormous in real quality of being terms.

    2. For many years there was no one to making us aware we were living a reduced life, no one pulling us up asking us to reconsider our actions or choices and the impact they have on our bodies and everyone around us. And when somebody does come along and suggest that there is another way to live; a life of expansion and joy they are ridiculed because we have got use to the comfort that a reduced way of life brings us we don’t want anyone to rock our comfortable boat.

  7. The morning commute, when driving requires some awareness if nothing less than spatial and the autopilot does the rest. But, what about public transportation that is full of zombies waiting to alight. Why are these both, moments in the day that are considered dead periods that allow us to check out?

    1. It is actually frightening being on a bus or a tube when you don’t use them often, they have always seemed to be places to check out but now with everyone glued to their phones it is even worse and there is even less connection with each other.

  8. Reducing life to be just three-dimensional, what we may call human, mundane, worldly, everyday routine, functioning means living in a zombie state; only with the spark of multidimensionality we lighten up to who we are, the divinely sparkling beings who make human life superhuman.

  9. It wouldn’t surprise me if the casualty numbers have risen due to the number of people on their phones while walking. On my way to the tube in north London, there is this narrow bridge to cross with a very busy road and you can barely fit two people on the sidewalk, but some decide to walk and text and stumble along without realising that any stumble off the pavement could mean having a collision with a motor vehicle.

  10. It really is true sometimes it feels like walking through a zombie movie… And so it behoves us all when we reconnect with that which inspires and enlightens us, to reflect this back out into the world.

  11. I’ve felt like a zombie recently waking up with sinus pressure in the mornings. I have no energy or interest in life and yet mornings are my favourite part of the day. When I can I love waking up before the sun and starting my day. But which one I experience (sinus zombie or bright and alive) is dependant on my choices made throughout the day and how much I am willing to be sensitive and feel.

  12. The other day I saw two women walking along the street trying to navigate walking and texting at the same time, and it reminded me of this blog because they were slowly swerving all over the place. I’ve done this myself, and it’s tough to do, and I have had to pull off to the side to stop, so as to not get crushed by the rush hour traffic walking to the tube. What does this do to us as people, to be split into two and our focus is on anything but our body? I know for me it felt terrible and very dishonouring of my self.

  13. What you present here may sound a bit funny but really it is not!! That as a majority here on earth we are alive but are living in a way that is dead – not vital, not with joy or a twinkling in our eye or a bounce in our step. So what are we missing? Connection to our essence. Once we are aware of this and know how to truly connect the zombie way of life will be gone forever. How do we become aware of our essence and how to connect to this? For this I would signpost to the Gentle Breath Meditation http://www.unimedliving.com/meditation/free/meditation-for-beginners/introductory-gentle-breath-meditation.html

  14. If you walk in Amsterdam you just pass people who feel like zombies. They are collectively in the same consciousness, which brings them way out of their body.
    Alcohol and drugs and social media are tools to go so checked out of the body. A big delay for our evolution back to soul which is just possible by re-connecting with the body.

  15. “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?” This is a great point as we consume not just food but everything we use in life can be seen as a consumption. And just like we can feel dull after overeating we can also feel heavy when we have things we don’t need.

  16. It is an unfortunate fact that whilst you are a zombie you are often fooled into thinking you are not a zombie at all and that this is all there is. A simple dose of humble, raw and absolute honesty with no judgement is needed in these cases.

  17. I can very much relate to the zombie, you describe, Adrienne… a giving-up-ness going through the motions and dragging my feet as I do so. Yet, thankfully I have, through the teachings of Serge Benhayon, learned how to come out of this and live with greater purpose, vitality and sparkle!

  18. Zombies are like the living dead living day to day devoid of their connection to their soul – and in the monotony of that coldness are blind to the awareness that there is another way. A way in which as you share Adrienne you can have a twinkle in your eye and a spring to your step that brings your whole life and everything around you alive.

  19. “The more we know how deeply we matter, the easier it is to understand our purpose for being here.” This line is a zombie eradicator. When we have purpose, and I don’t mean purpose with a drive or to check out, a purpose of what we are here for, then every moment there is a step to take for that purpose to keep evolving and deepening.

  20. All is there to pick up when we get back to ourselves. How we lived is what we find back when we check in again. So why wait? It needs to be done anyway.

  21. “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’.” This is truly what is on offer for us all when we connect within, something all of humanity are longing for even if they do not know it at present, it is an ancient yearning.

  22. When we understand the purpose of living in a physical human body we are able to appreciate the purpose of life and start living a true way.

  23. Living a zombie way of life is a way of living that is very out of tune with the rhythm of the Universe. Because hardly nobody is living such a life, there are no role models, and people don’t have any notion that such life is possible. People, society, tv nothing is showing that us. So when we start living the life where there is that sparkling in our live, because we live in rhythm of the Universe, with God you could say, it is our duty to reflect that to others. We just cannot keep that to ourselves.

  24. It is exhausting living as a Zombie because we are fighting our natural evolution doing all that we can to dull and delay what we cannot in truth delay.

  25. As I increasingly deepen my connection with myself and God, so I continually un-earth ever more subtle levels of ‘zombie-ness’ in my life.

  26. I think many of us know that there is more to life, but few of us have the courage to seek the truth of life.

  27. When we walk the truth of who we are we no longer move or live like zombies but rather live with true purpose and commitment to what we are here to do.

    1. There are so many of us living our everyday zombied out on coffee, sugar, recreational drugs etc. It’s so sad to see another human being without a sparkle in their eye, yet that is our reality and norm.

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