Paradise and the Donkey

Left to my own devices, I’m a bit like a donkey. Poke me with a stick and dangle a carrot in front of me and I’m inclined to move forward but I have an infallible capacity for idleness. No stick and no carrot and movement rapidly winds down to nothing and I mooch about chewing and watching the world go by.

I have noticed a pattern. When I do things – anything – that is purposeful action I feel happy. When I drift I feel unhappy.

Whether it be 30 mins exercise, a dip in the sea, composing a blog, reading a piece of students work or planning a client session, I reason that action that is purposeful to me meets a fundamental human need – the need it meets is the one for “meaning”.

It’s not the only way the need for meaning is met but it’s one of them and it’s one that works for me.

The mystic Rumi said that: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there”. I sense there is a place a bit like Rumi’s where contentment and I meet and that place is always here in each moment. I have been there rarely and haven’t stayed long, easily distracted as I am by changing circumstances.

Can I marry the belief in that naturally occurring ‘field of awareness’ that exists independent of my ideas of right and wrongdoing and my seemingly alternative belief in the value of ‘correct’ action? It seems to me that life is richer with life enhancing beliefs or attitudes that don’t necessarily sit in the same place.

Maybe it’s because I have another view that there is inherent in life, difference even contradiction that somehow is contained harmoniously?

Live life and prosper.
My next Hman Needs training is in Brighton on the 21st September 2013.

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