This is a question that we may ponder on.
Sometimes we may feel lost. It feels as though we have lost our way and don’t know where to turn.
I base this feeling on what I have been feeling for some time and this is that I have become so caught up in looking outside of myself that I am ignoring the loss of contact with my innermost feelings and I sense that I am not alone with this particular feeling.
When I reach a moment where something uncomfortable is felt, so often I will distract myself by adjusting the outside – how is my hair looking, whether I am wearing the right clothes – forever looking outside for approval and confirmation. It feels as though we live in a world that feeds this distraction and we are offered so many ways that can tempt us and mostly this is about changing the material things in our world. In one way this is quite convenient as it means I do not need to begin to look within and see where I can change, and what seems even more pertinent and important in the current climate is that I accept responsibility for where I am at, how I feel and what is happening all around me.
Have you too noticed this huge impulse to join the material world that is presented to us in so many ways and in so many places? And it is becoming harder to escape the onslaught, to avoid the intensity. At one time if you needed food, you would visit the food shops – the butcher, the baker and the greengrocer etc. – but nowadays when you visit the supermarket it’s a whole lifestyle change that we can find ourselves caught up in. Do you need an up-to-date model of your phone, sold as a must-have for anyone with concern about their street credibility? Or maybe it is the latest fashion distracting you from what was a simple errand of needing some food.
I am also feeling a weariness with the material world and what it is offering – a quick fix and a distraction from what I want to avoid. Is this distraction blocking me from feeling what is going on within? Is it keeping me from living the natural joy and vitality that I am beginning to feel is emerging as I take more notice of messages from my body? Maybe that living this way is causing pain, both emotional and physical.
When I walk out of my front door I can be faced with the effect of this on everyone, as I feel I am no different. Many of us are feeling that there must be something more to life than the continual need to keep going while we ignore our true impulse. As our world becomes sicker it feels that we are not willing to take ‘the bull by the horns’ and face a deep sadness within, and that we have lost track of how to live life in a way that is simple, harmonious and purposeful.
How much longer can we continue to abuse our bodies with a lifestyle that does not truly support us, and also those around us? Are we slowly reaching a point where we can no longer ignore the ongoing impact?
There is a simple way to begin to make changes if we are willing to release everything that has thus far not worked.
Is it time to take stock and feel where we are at and the truth of what we feel? Maybe we need to change direction and not seek outside of ourselves but go within where we will find a ‘buried treasure’ – and by ‘buried treasure’, I am talking about the wisdom that is available to us all when we open up our hearts and let love in.
As we learn to appreciate one another and allow others into our lives we can feel that true community has not disappeared, it’s like a candle that has been flickering, as our light too has been flickering. We can all allow ourselves to burn more brightly in the world and come back to the light that we are. Is it possible that this is the moment our Soul has been waiting for?
Realising that we are in truth a part of a much bigger whole and not isolated with our feelings enables us to feel that we can change and that others may welcome this reflection as we begin to slowly come together within ourselves and within our communities. When we walk down our streets we can be open and engaging and find that most people welcome a warm smile and a warm heart.
It is a path to be ventured on with deep humility and grace, whereby we allow ourselves to have the understanding that the beauty of the Soul is in fact a part of our Livingness. It only requires a willingness and commitment to being open and honest, first with ourselves and then with others. We can then reach a place where we begin to trust our own feelings and that we are no longer reliant on a constant need for recognition as our relationship with our Soul begins to be confirmed and realised. Heaven will rejoice as we return to living together in harmony, and that we no longer need the material world to seemingly satisfy or cover up the emptiness we once felt. It is incomparable when we know our true relationship with our Soul and that we are all equally part of the Universe.
By Susan Lee, Retired and enjoying a life that continues to be purposeful and engaging, Norfolk, UK.