We hear about the need for work/life balance all the time.
We hear about the need for a balanced diet all the time.
We hear about the need to balance our finances, so there is more coming in than going out.
But what about the balance between our mind and our soul? The balance between our spiritual and material needs?
We live in a world that loves to polarise and deal in extremes. We are encouraged to pick a side. The cry of “You’re either with us or against us” is all too prevalent in society, the media and politics at large.
There seems little room for discussion about the merits of meeting in the middle. In finding the balance point between two extremes. The same would seem true in the arena of how we define our personal beliefs. For example, would you class yourself as a spiritual or material person?
We have been fed and adopted a lot of false beliefs about what these labels imply. Many people hold the belief that to be spiritual, you need to sell all your worldly goods. Then you should put on an orange robe and go and live on top of a mountain somewhere.
That won’t work for me. For starters, I look terrible in orange, despite it apparently being the new black (which I do look good in).
Also, I like being warm and being stuck at the top of a mountain sounds pretty chilly. Most of all, I do like a little luxury now and then. Staying in a top notch hotels and sipping overpriced cocktails is not something I want to give up any day soon.
This brings us to another idea shared by many. The belief that to gain wealth and material possessions requires selling your soul. You must become a ruthless capitalist.
That’s total crap. I’m not saying there aren’t people who are ruthless capitalists, there are. That doesn’t mean though that to have all you want in life means you need to be one too.
My belief is that we are spiritual beings having a human existence.
Sure, we could abandon all our worldly goods. We could devote our lives to meditation but in the process, we would be missing out on the full human experience.
Likewise, if I based my happiness only on my material possessions, then I would be missing out on the true nature of myself. As with diet, work, life and everything else, we should be striving for balance.
Just as Luke Skywalker’s job was to bring balance to the force so, we must bring it our lives. I decided some time back that I wasn’t going to choose between being a spiritual or material person… Why should I when it is evident we can be both?
When Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder sat down to ponder Ebony & Ivory, they arrived at a definite conclusion. That they can “live side by side in perfect harmony”. Well, the same goes for our material and spiritual needs.
I want it all and I’m not ashamed of that.
I want to have a better understanding of myself, the universe and my place in it. I also want to experience this human life to the full when I still have the chance.
That, in a nutshell, is what The Fearless Life Project is all about.
Until next time,
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