There was a period time where I found myself frustrated, even angry, at my life circumstances. However privileged I truly was, I couldn’t appreciate the life and opportunities I was given. Instead I found myself focused intently on what I wanted, but didn’t have, failing to exercise gratitude towards the abundance I was already blessed with. I believe many struggle with this and I would like to share something I discovered that helped.
What I learned were two definitions and the difference between them.
Surviving and Living – as related to your life.
Surviving is our most basic form. It is unfulfilling, monotonous, and is what ultimately leads to the death of the soul. It is the day to day grind. The commute, day job, fast food, traffic jam, netflix binge, laundry folding, tired after a day of uneventful blah. Surviving is the rapid passage of time due to maintenance of passionless habits.
Living is our true form. It is fulfilling the purpose of our soul, adventurous, the song we dance to when no sounds can be heard, and the passion that makes life worth while. It is slowly tracing your fingertips over a leather wrapped steering wheel or jamming out in that traffic jam. It is the cooking with your love and allowing yourself to have a little food fight with the shnipples, as my dad says. Living is the slow savoring of time due to the immense passion of living in the moment.
Your life is meant to be filled with passion. Exciting. Adventurous. And most of all Fulfilling.
Anything shy of this feeling on a regular basis means you are not allowing your very soul to shine. When you’re in alignment, everything comes easily. Find your way there, there’s a place reserved for you in your own, complete constellation.
Shine on, young stars!
This post was inspired by the wisdom of Sadhguru. I thank you for checking in.