what would you say?

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein

All of us who read or write seem to have a love of the words of others; especially the words that deeply resonate, that we can feel as we read them. Many bloggers I follow include quotes, as I do, and are likely inspired by those quotes. I know this is true for me and I sense it is true, to some degree, for others.

As I have continued to reflect on the times we are living in and the never-ending challenges of co-existence juxtaposed to the groups of young people whose curiosity and energy for creating new things, new pathways, new ways of seeing old things; I wonder. If someone, anyone, stopped you on the street, asked you for a piece of advice about how to live a life of purpose, peace and freedom, what would you say? It is one of a number of questions that I feel I am in as I continue to observe the world I am living in.

I consider the greatest gift I gave to myself in the last 18 months was going “off the grid” of social media. I didn’t realize how much of my vital life energy was being lost to the many stories, pictures, memes and comments which often triggered me, even if I didn’t respond as I told myself to observe and not react. If I did choose to offer a thoughtful response, by taking the “high road”, my attempts made no difference in the face of so much fear, expressed as amped up anger…or rage.  Our “smart” phones sometimes cause us to lose ourselves. If asked why you are still on or have left social media, what would you say? If you are still engaged with social media, does it feed you? Do you feel you can exist without it?

The questions we ask ourselves are so very important. To do this, we create quiet time and space to read, reflect, write or walk without earbuds, so that the questions can be heard, considered and if necessary, resolved within. This is how we grow and this is one way we facilitate our individual evolution. It is our curiosity, not the knowing that we have in our brains alone, which will help us find our way forward; to open our hearts and minds to possibility, and allows us to use the individual gifts we have in service to others. It’s about the questions.

So, when asked a question for which you have no immediate response, what do you say? Do you listen to an answer from your head so you quickly react, so as not to feel you may be seen as missing the point or perceived as not knowing the answer, or worse, not having an answer? Do you listen to your intuition (your heart/soul) and offer a response that may leave room for the person making the query to find their own answer?

Perhaps, slowing down and listening more and talking less is the best way to find the answers to our most pressing questions…what would you say?

Namaste

Taken with my iPhone during a day of driving a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway a few years ago.

 

 

11 thoughts on “what would you say?

  • I’ve lived my life with “loving your neighbor as you love yourself”, as my purpose in life. Probably heard it church in Brooklyn back in the early 60’s when my Mother made us go. Mother taught me that too through her living. Notice I didnt say love God. Unless that God is you. Kind of like loving yourself first. I’m still on Facebook because it gives me the opportunity to view and share experiences with family and friends. Do my opinions extend beyond my Facebook friends? Not too concerned about that.

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    • Tony, so good to hear from you! Thank you for taking time to respond. I appreciate that way of living. If everyone did that we would live in a much different world than we currently do. I wish you well and honor your being on and enjoying social media. I feel we all respond differently to our world and I know that I have more peace without it. Yes, I miss you, some friends and family members. I do not miss the worst parts of it. Be well, my friend!

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  • In our fast paced world, with instant gratification, it is indeed a practice to still our busy minds and listen deeply. It is also where we discover our deep wisdom. A wonderful reflection on the importance of pausing and questioning life Carrie. ✨💕

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    • Thank you, Karen. Indeed, finding quiet is so important. Cultivated often, we are able to hear in the midst of the noise of our daily routine. Conscious practice creates the possibility of ongoing awareness for me. ✨💕

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  • ❤ Another wonderful post, Carrie.

    I pause, lately, with questions and responses. There are revelations, sometimes, in the questions. I'm still on Facebook, but not because I wish to be. I run the Facebook page for our local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Unfortunately, it's where most people down this way get their news. We are considering a newsletter and putting up our own website, but that at least a few months down the road. In the meantime, I post pretty pictures on my personal page (which I have to keep in order to run the community page) and I have muted those who pass around hate, misinformation, etc., so that I can avoid it. I wonder if that's wise. Maybe we should be seeing what it is that stirs those we disagree with… or not? I don't know.

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    • Thank you. It’s a good question, Robin…about seeing what stirs others or not. I suppose I feel I can do nothing to influence them so I will not subject myself to their fear, anger or grief, often expressed as hate. Perhaps there are others who are less affected by it. I know I’m not one of them. My inner peace is my responsibility just as their angry expressions are theirs. The choices aren’t always easy.

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    • Eli, I wish everyone would pause before they answered. It’s a great practice…and that’s the point. We must practice to make it a habit. Having patience with ourselves and getting past the discomfort in that period of pause, is the most challenging to overcome, I feel.

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      • Can you imagine what a wonderful world we’d have with a few more pauses, Carrie? I love the John Wooden quote: “Consider others’ feelings before your rights, and others’ rights before your feelings.”

        When I pause, my brain can catch up with my mouth, most times.

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