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“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”
~ Albert Einstein
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”
~ Joseph Campbell
Information. Knowledge. Learning. Technology. Study. Research.
All noble and necessary pursuits in the furthering of our lives and planet.
And all come with risk.
For example, the implications of and conversations around Artificial Intelligence, cryptocurrencies and private space travel are fascinating topics that live somewhere in the future, but are eerily close to current reality.
There is no argument that deeper knowledge, science and technology can change our lives for the better.
But are we forgetting what life feels like? Do we look up long enough from our phones or keyboards or books or tasks or travels or monitors or lists to stop and …
Look around at life: nature, trees, flowers, animals. At our people. To experience what living from our deepest alignment feels like.
You might be drifting or bumping around in the space of seeking meaning in life, and not really have a clear idea of what that even means for you. You might not even realize this is what you are actually seeking. It most likely looks externally like anxiety, or dis-ease or the affliction of busy-ness or overwhelm or climbing higher in an artificial (yet seductive and productive) ranking. This is not a judgment, but an observation.
I have a few questions for you.
What’s underneath the striving?
What’s behind the thinking?
What do you want your experience of life to be?
Recently, I was at a conference for women, and was witness to one of the most powerful women I’ve ever seen. Her name is Clare Dubois and she is the founder of Tree Sisters, an organization that, “is a global network of women who donate monthly to fund the restoration of our tropical forests as a collective expression of planetary care.” Their mission is to plant 1 billion trees per year, resulting in the reforestation of the rainforests in 10 years. Trees are crucial to the quality of life on Earth.
A successful business woman for many years, this mission came after a car accident where a tree actually saved her life.
Her work and the work of the women involved is making an enormous impact on the quality of Life in our world. During her talk she was passionate, powerful, purposeful, emotional and every cell of her femininity was lit up. The core of her message was that our planet is being raped of its natural resources at an alarming rate, and it’s up to the leadership of women to save her. It was incredibly inspiring and a moment I will never forget.
It caused me to pause, and look at the times when I am most at peace. Most in my power. Most in harmony with the world. Most passionate about what I’m up to in my life. Most filled with love for humanity.
So, here are my answers to those three questions above — the answers that are below my thinking mind:
- Service and love.
- A desire to make an impact, where women are empowered to use their voices to create an equal world. Where women see and experience themselves as mattering in every part of their lives. Where women see themselves as leaders in every part of their lives.
- A life where I feel, the meaning I create. I have an experience of living in full color, sound, texture, taste and love. In harmony with nature, the people I love, and the work I create using modern tools.
From this place, thinking happens from the Being of living.
I live in awe and wonder of Creation.