Many of us are discovering that Lockdown presents an opportunity [...]
To paraphrase Heraclitus: "You can't step into the same stream twice". Change is constant and you'll be different this evening from how you were this morning.
The trouble with aspirations is that they can seem out of reach. But that's the way they should be isn't it? If they were attainable, we'd either have them, or we'd know that we've almost got them. They wouldn't be aspirations, they'd be something else. Aspirations can act like a guiding star, they tell us which way to go, where to direct our efforts. They are also abstract; things like happiness, wealth, wellbeing... and harmony. Aspirations shape our thought and actions, so they are about how we think and act, not about things we have.
Being alone does not mean being lonely, and we can experience loneliness when in company. We generally don’t choose loneliness and it can be painful. Solitude, on the other hand, is usually a choice and the experience can be one of joy and deep satisfaction. it also seems that the capacity to be alone and content with it acts as a necessary tonic in our oh-so-busy lives.
Sometimes a stranger comes to the village and tells the village a story, and the village rediscovers something. Opportunities for rediscovery of ourselves may also be rare, but we should seek them out if we are to flourish and grow. It's not easy though, and safety and curiosity are not naturally comfortable together. But it can be refreshing to surprise yourself and others.
There's a lot we can do for ourselves and others when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. DIY Therapy would enable us to have more control over our mental health and wellbeing and to reduce the pressure on our over-stretch medical services.
Do your choices make you feel good? And if they do, does that make you feel better than others? Just asking.... I don't know if there's an answer. But then, not all questions can be answered, and not knowing an answer can make us feel defensive.
People often tie themselves up in knots following a change, because the haste to be free of the past actually ties us to it. Before you can let go of something properly, you have to embrace it.
Today is the winter solstice*, the day the sun stands [...]