Balance and Purpose

Balance and Purpose

Many of us feel the need to ‘change the world’ at times. Whether this is from an altruistic base, like helping the disadvantaged, or from the ego by building a business or becoming a famous ‘influencer’, this need can lead to intense ‘outer’ activity and, potentially, change.

This motive of change can be applied to our inner world too.

Change is a powerful agent with all sorts of ramifications and repercussions, some good, some not so. Internally, its common to set up barriers against the change process, especially if the change is large and obvious, such as doubt – ‘will it really make any difference’? or excuses such as – ‘once things have settled down’ appear readily.

Why is this?

It is suggested that most of us are comfortable just where we are. As humans we are wired to survive, to look out for our safety. Change and the unknown future are potentially risky, so no wonder we can become anxious and invent barriers to stop our progress.

Conversely when we are not progressing, we can become bored. To prevent boredom we DO things, when we do things, we distract ourselves and, as a bonus we often achieve things, which is good right? Yes, it’s good to tick off jobs and to achieve, but in all that ‘doing’ its easy to forget about the importance of ‘being’, and, for a lot of people, ‘being’ is simply ‘doing’ nothing, so we are back to boredom. Its a bit of a paradox!

But what if you are present in yourself or meditating?

It may not surprise you that meditation is one of the greatest change agents, and that simply dwelling, contemplating or practising insight meditation can lead to deep and profound change, by your own process, and quite safely.

Change can lose its fearsome reputation if we can bring ourselves to think about it as a natural change of our inner self. When appraoching this we may find some deep psychological barriers to contend with brought about by our own particular circumstances and conditions. However, if we can bring our awareness to that continuing distillation as we meditate, we can often reach acceptance and embrace, with self-compassion, the motivating feeling underneath our inner fears.

With recognition comes release, allowing the natural processes to continue uninterrupted. Balance is restored, we can progress.

Progression as human beings is programed in. We are coded to change through the keyways of natural development, and its easy to see this through the development of a child – the formation and birth, the onset of puberty, adulthood, ageing, and the multiplicity of life and living that attends those stages.

But what about spiritual progression?

Whilst certain characteristics and inclination can be seen, spiritual progression is widely variable and has no such obvious development landmarks.

Whilst a young girl may struggle against the perceived indignity and real frustration of hormonal activity and menstruation, the naturally designed process of growing up will not stop – and that’s as it should be. How much easier for us if we had been spiritually programmed that way!

Instead, many feel an absence, a gap, a space that sits within the human and calls for ‘something more’. The gap of our cognizance, our connection, and our sense of being a part of that ‘something more’ – but somehow separated from it.

For many, the task of ‘inner’ or ‘personal development’ becomes a form of spiritual seeking for purpose, or an alternative to it. Personal development can center around specifics, such as our brain patterning and thinking, seeking authenticity; the schooling and balancing of the emotion, or perhaps it sits nearer the core, within the values and practices of a religion or a personal belief system.

Of course, we can shut our purpose life out by simply making the most of just living, cant we? – finding spiritual meaning and purpose takes effort after all! So, cant we just ‘go with the flow’ of the ups and downs, the excesses and depletions of what’s happening in this world? 

Many do, but then sometimes within the occupation of our lives we enter deep times, times of questioning thoughts brought on by meaningful or catastrophic incidents that bring us back to the enormity of what the life we are expending may be about. Times when the the idea of the importance of a more purposeful life may arise, and in response to that ‘something missing’, a deep ‘something more’ is needed …

Perhaps, at these times, we can come to feel and know that, somehow, we are not alone in all this. We are surrounded by the unseen, the unknown, in this incredible creation. We are organic life dwellers, multi-faceted sensers, translators, processors, holders, formed by the mother planet around us but host to something higher, a soul, a spirit and, if we enquire, we may find a belief system and more purposeful way of life to invest in. 

For we are in fact already connected from the inner to the outer, whether we are cognizant of it or not. And, if there is a creation, who/what is the Creator?

A great starter and balance for both the inner and the outer life is being out in nature, we respond to creation in a diverse number of ways, as too the planet and stars. When we are in and with nature we are emotionally, physically and physiologically balanced, and our well-being is increased.

As part of creation our being is also responsive the call of it, the sense that there is ‘more’ to do, more to be. Our emotions, which often stir in the great outdoors, are a vital connector and gateway to the passion and compassion of life.

Being in and with nature can be grounding, and yet uplifting, and it can softly and deeply reconfirm the portent and potent possibility that our life truly is.

So, the next time your being hums to the song of creation and your mind touches the seeking from the depth of the inside to the reach of the outside, know that it’s programmed in, you are the start of your keyway ‘home’, and fulfillment of your own possibility is part of the journey …

With best wishes
AL

See previous Blogs on Change – What is a Paradigm? Adapt or Diminish! and the Pillars of Purpose series here …