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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680 thoughts on “Zombie Way of Life

  1. Exposing the level of corruption that is going on will bring a different reality to our mind set, so we can walk with Joy in our hearts❤ and eliminate the zombie life style that is so prevalent today!

  2. “The more we know how deeply we matter, The easier it is to understand our purpose for being here.” – This is Gold and a great reminder for me!

  3. This blog reminds me of Groundhog Day (the movie) – and it as if the moment we go to being a zombie the day just keeps repeating itself, until such time that we embrace the day in all it has to offer to us….and when we work with the presence, the appreciation and the grace of each and every day, then only does the day allow itself to complete and a new day dawns, not new in terms of new things happening, but new in terms of the quality that we can bring to the day.

    1. Henrietta interestingly I have the same feeling that we are all living in ‘ Groundhog Day’ until we change the way we are in life. If we resist the change that is on offer we will keep repeating the same mistakes until that part of us gives in and starts the return back to who we are in truth.

  4. A ‘wake-up call’ is a common way for some of us to be roused out from the zombie way of life we may not have realised that we had adopted…For example finding out that we have cancer or a condition that indicates that we only have a short time to live, or nearly losing a loved one or a relationship – these can be ways that we suddenly revive, breath deeper and begin to appreciate, enjoy and open our eyes so much more…. But why is it that we wait for a crisis point before we act this way?

  5. ‘The more we know how deeply we matter, The easier it is to understand our purpose for being here.’ True, when we don’t value ourselves we just keep going ‘doing good’ to get recognition, no purpose in sight. Only getting exhausted as day in day out we fight with what is natural to us, our true worth and uniqueness.

  6. It pretty much sums up the lifelessness people are in, even little kids wander around now slumped and checked out. Our new God is the phone which we give all of our attention too and do everything for. We crave connection but connect to people behind the wall of texting and social media, or alcohol. The way life is can only be described as a mess, on the outside it might look ok, but inside there is lifelessness and disarray. We are definitely not living with an aliveness, vitality, exuberance, or joy.

  7. I am feeling this more and more ‘We are part of something fathomless and purposeful’ and it is truly beautifull to feel.

  8. It is very simple to live in one way or the other. However when you’re a zombie it seems that being alive is such a hard slog, and it can be, as we’ve little energy to function let alone anything else. But each little step to wake up fuels the next step and it is totally possible to come out of that lull.

  9. “Following an inkling is what begins every evolution in life” We have been attached to the creaking revolutions of the escalator that takes us no where except around and around for so long but when we feel the inkling to find another way we know we are returning to the glory of where we came from.

  10. Life as we know it comes in many flavours and when we understand that we can develop a True-relationship with our essences then we are seeing life in all it’s Joy.

  11. This is such a great blog as I do wonder if we are aware just what a reduced life we are living to the point as you say we are just getting through the day by indulging in all the numbing ways we have devised so we can go back to bed and check out by sleeping. How many of us have taken the time to stop and wonder why we live this way and is there a way out of this existence? There is a seed in all of us that knows there is another way, deep within us we know there has to be more to our lives than the rot we are currently living in. We will live the same day every day until we say we have had enough and mean it. When that day comes then the changes can be made, as changes can only be made through free will.

    1. Unfortunately when the majority of us question the way that we’re living we use the same source of energy as the source of energy that we were using to live the life that we’re now supposedly questioning. What this then means is that any changes that we subsequently make, however radical will come from exactly the same source of energy as our previous lifestyle choices and so although our life may appear very different, it’s energetic origins will be the same. What I have found is that I have been able to switch from being sourced by the pranic consciousness to the fiery consciousness by slowly making different choices, quite literally one more loving choice at a time. My migration has been slow and steady but my life has transformed forever as have my subsequent lives hereafter.

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