Monday, July 28, 2008

Pushing the River

Trying to get too many things done or too many things coming at you simultaneously can create a lot of stress. The mind naturally tries to organize all the new data and stimuli flying at it and does so remarkably well up to a point. At some juncture there is an overwhelming amount of things to do in a very short amount of time with limited resources. What we get is a stress load of epic proportions. All this does is take you away from your internal language and off your path. Or does it? Can you really lose your 'self' in times of stress and anxiety? Will your workload spilling off your desk and out of your cubicle really erase your true purpose?

In both corporate and private business I have seen folks on opposite ends of the spectrum. There are those who thrive on stress and those who buckle and are crushed by it. That's the way we human beings are, very limited and limitless. The people less affected by stress have come to an inner strength that fortifies them and those who cave have not yet found it in the measure they require.

To answer the question “Can you really lose your 'self' in times of stress and anxiety?” I would say, depending n what that stressor is determines the outcome. Read ~ wild tiger pouncing on you or spilling coffee all over your report the boss wants in 2 minutes is all relative, one will likely kill you and other will not. It is my belief that if the 'self' is part of the conscious awareness and rooted in life (not fear or worry), that you can never really lose it. If you operate solely with the external as the only reality, life is more like suffering than living. You are just pushing the river. Nothing you do will ever be good enough and you never have enough or are not worthy enough to have it. Happiness will be in some future time and not in this moment. You wait for some future timeframe for life to be better. If your self' is aware and conscious (not just thinking or believing you are conscious) then the present moment is where your root is, where your being can observe circumstances in the present moment occurring objectively. Root Natty root. Everyone has their own internal and external approach to life's stress. It can, for some of us, be an unconventional path to enlightening our journey.

I love the reply from artist CarolC of Compasswebworks posted to the Psiplex post “A Language Alien to Yours” aticle below: “So what is a creative to do....well compromise of course!! Work the left brain to put food on the table, and squeeze as much right brain time in to satisfy your creative urges, your passion. Voila!”

Amen CarolC!

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