I want to create a dialogue about the dangers of living a comfortable, routine lifestyle and how it could be masking pain.
This is a subtle feeling. You could be living a perfectly content life but still be drawn to title and the contents. After all, we are creatures of habit; we all have our routines. However, even in our comfort why does it feel like there is something missing?
The truth is, I believe we are all very ambitious creatures. I don’t believe that anyone hasn’t imagined at one point doing something very big that could change the world, or be the very best at something like a great athlete or musician.
It is no mystery that we partly have contemporary society to blame for our fading aspirations. But also, ourselves by choosing to opt into the machine that keeps our culture running. There are a lot of advantages in having a routine job, namely security, comfort and the prospect of learning a lot in a particular vein of industry.
For example, if you work in recruitment you will have gained a lot of information about what skills or attributes are valuable in certain positions. You might easily be able to determine whether someone is a natural leader or more suited to following instruction.
No disrespect to anyone who works or has worked in the machine of the corporate world. However, if you’re still reading; if you have felt the subtle feeling of monotony, boredom and stagnation in your occupation then only this break in routine will free you from your shackles.
Firstly, this feeling of boredom or longing for something different is a form suffering. It’s easier to understand in the context of masked pain or suppression; this ties back to our ambitious nature in youth.
This feeling is the screams of our inner child who dreamed of something more, but after 10, 20 years it has grown numb and faded. However some of us will still feel it’s pull – the plans after work, the time off and the alternate scenarios we play out in our heads.
We only manage to get this far through treating the symptoms of pain with short term relief – living for the weekend, video games after work, drinking and other forms short term sensory stimulation.
This is a natural reaction to chronic pain. We suppress it rather than get to the root cause and pull it out. When pain gets chronic we adapt to it, we get used to it and it dulls.
You see the same thing in serious injuries through compensation patterns. You might sprain your ankle and develop an abnormal GAIT pattern as a result. The way you walk changes in response to the pain you feel when putting pressure on that foot.
In the same way we can create compensation patterns in our life when we are in pain. Excuses are a great example of this, like I have no time to exercise, I’m too tired to write and a few of your other favourites.
Remember, there’s always a million reasons not to do something.
However, if you’re still with me perhaps you are starting to root around and get to the core of the issue. Perhaps you’re realising your routine life is a compensation pattern for the pain you feel of not living fuller.
Trust me, your listening skills will pay dividends if you become conscious of it and you have reached a pivotal point in your liberation.
Vision is Ambition
Being ambitious doesn’t mean you have to set specific goals and achieve them. I’m pressing on you to think even bigger than that.
I want to take you back to the vision and ambition of that divine child in you, the big dreamer who thought of being a world beater. That child had and still has so much energy in you and is pounding on your insides to be set loose.
That child is present in your crazy imaginative ideas of starting your own business, of dropping everything and changing careers; and most present in our mental health. When we get depressed from suppressing and not supporting those ideas.
Remember the concept of the compensation pattern?
You have been walking with a limp for so long your body is crying out for correction.
Until we stop treating the symptoms of our pain and start by listening to ourselves, our efforts will only be counterproductive. We will only commit to obscuring that pain, that limp even more.
If you resonate with this, mediation is going to be a valuable tool for you.
We take in so much information everyday, even through this medium you are being bombarded with new ideas.
I’m merely suggesting you take the time to listen to yourself.
Spend 10 minutes before bed and listen; you will hear that inner divinity.
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