Every day starts the same for me—lockdown or not.
Meditation, reading, then asanas & stretches with a bit of chanting. Not much changes when looking solely at the routine.
Likewise, while confined to my own residence, not much changes in my immediate surroundings either: inside trainer ride when it’s raining, outside trainer ride when it’s not.
But just as the outer world moves along with constant change, so too does the inner world. The tendencies of the mind are always in flux: how my body feels, my mood, my energy level, stress and fatigue levels, and desires or lack thereof.
I spend a lot of time these days pondering our global situation. Many people look forward to things getting back to ‘normal’. What’s normal? Why normal? Is what we had what we want? If not, what do we want, and why, and how do we go about setting ourselves up for success in creating it.
These can be difficult questions to answer, but first, we have to ask them. We have to want to inquire. We have to get clear about the questions. But even before these things, there is a more fundamental question—the most basic and important question of them all. Who are you?
❝ People try to find out about things which are outside of them before they try to find out ‘Who am I?’ Only by the latter means can happiness be gained.❞
—Sri Ramana Maharshi, Be As You Are
So, as we move through each day, and as we try to piece together what the next months and year might look like, I encourage us to start every single day, and continue throughout the day to come back to the question, “Who am I?”
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And as for the question of what we want ‘normal’ to look like, I leave you with words from Rich Roll and IN-Q (from RRP #509).
IN-Q: I care about somebody being a good person. I care about them striving to be a better version of who they are on a day-to-day basis, and to seek, and to ask questions about themselves and the people that they spend time with and their environment and humanity as a whole. Those are the things that really light me up.
RR: What does that seeking look like? What are the characteristics of a seeker?
IN-Q: It’s somebody who is striving to move forward in life, and to be present in life.
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