In our pursuit of speed and excellence we are caught in wanting to do more, plus better, plus faster! But how productive are we in reality? As we get sucked into the illusion of being a ‘human doing’, we forget that we are really meant to be ‘human beings’!
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself the million-dollar question… Who are you really?
Each day we work frantically hard, get stressed, lose our happiness and health, and still we do not find what we are looking for. It seems that the disease of our time is to work against the clock and still not feel satisfied with the result at the end of the day.
We have forgotten that we are souls on a human journey, not bodies on a spiritual journey. The fact that we are consumed day and night in looking after the body, thinking that this is the sum total of who we are is perhaps the biggest deception of our time. We chase after material goods and worldly pleasures to satisfy the greed of the body, while the needs of the soul go unnoticed.
Many of us forget to live in the now. ‘To be’ means to live the moment. In fact there is no life except in the present moment. How many of us may still be waiting until that time comes when we are older, wiser, richer, or in better health, before we actually live our lives as we might like to? We believe that if we can HAVE – the money, power etc., then we can DO – travel and shop etc., and then we can BE – happy and content etc.! But try working the formula the other way: When we can BE, then we can DO and then we can HAVE it all. Let us enjoy being where we are now, and as we are now!
If we would only stay in the awareness of living in the moment as a being (‘I am’) and not as a doer (‘I do’); a being of love, peace, joy, kindness, compassion, then we would be fully living and enjoying every moment.
Shakespeare asked the question: To be or not to be? Although many have debated over the real meaning of this phrase, it still begs the question of whether to be, or not. What is right? To be, to live, or to die, even whilst we are living?
The more we become aware of our immortal existence, the more we begin to feel the fullness of our soul, and the richness of our life. As we feel each divine quality of the soul, we feel alive. There is a deeper purpose and meaning to our life. Then the activities of the day do not feel like a chore, rather we are excited, motivated and inspired into action.
As ‘I the soul’ as opposed to ‘I the body’ learn to perform each deed in the awareness of being the actor using this costume of the body, I am encouraged to really emerge the qualities of the soul. I remember at all times that the parts I am playing are simply my ‘roles’ in life, they are not the sum total of who I am. As the famous Bard also said ‘All the world’s a stage, and men and women merely players’. We all can and should play our parts to the best of our ability – but I should not get too attached to the part I am playing today because next week it may change!
When we forget the awareness of ‘being’, we lose focus and meaning in life. All achievements are short-lived and small setbacks threaten my happiness. For example, if there is no promotion or success at work, then I feel I am hopeless. If I lose my temper with the children, then I feel like a lousy father. If friends don’t invite me, I feel rejected and lonely.
When we remember that we are so much more than all of the things that we do, when we live in the moment and enjoy ‘being’ the magnificent Being that God created, then life takes on a whole new meaning.
It’s time… to ponder on the question: Who are you really? A ‘human being’ or a ‘human doing’? Learning to live in the moment and to be, instead of to just do, is the key to preserving power and maintaining inner happiness. To be or not to be, that is the question!
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‘It’s Time…’ by Aruna Ladva, BK Publications London