What are you running after? Step back enjoy life, nature, family or anything you love.
The first thought that came to me when I read this prompt on Friday morning was there is judgement here, and then an interrogation. It was so incongruous like running after something is doing question, while enjoying is a being question. The running after leads you to a being and enjoying required a doing the two could complement each other and not the standard “choose the right answer.
“What are you running after” seems so clichéd the person who puts in extra hours at the office, could be doing so, because he or she loves it. The answer then would be “I am running after a shelter/shield/ protection” from whatever else I have face when I am not in this space.
When I am in the surgery I get a spurge of adrenaline flowing in my blood vessels, I am extremely aware of my surrounding my body functions at its peak performance, once the surgery is over and I have sutured the wound be it the third molar or a gingival flap I feel omnipotent. That is a state I enjoy being in.
When I am bungee jumping or swimming it is the same feeling, a feeling of being a survivor in a predatory world that gives me a huge rush. As does standing on a podium and addressing an audience.
When I am dealing with my sleep apnoea patients or tobacco addicts where I use hypnotherapy and cognitive counselling then I am a void, a space where the individual explores and confronts himself or herself, that is a very static state a feeling of being part of channel for the infinite and is a feeling of omnipotence too, but there is no adrenaline rush… this is the power of the calm, the still I enjoy this too.
When I am tidying my house, de-cluttering it, cooking for my family again there is great joy which is just great as the first or the second, but of a different flavour, here I am the one who nourishes, the energy maintainers the order I am the Narayani of the navadurga the energy that can empower that again makes me omnipotent, here the neither is the adrenaline rush there, nor is the still calmness, the state here is gentle momentum a sense of continuity.
Would I trade any of the above for the other no not at all?
What am I running after… experiencing the various flavours of life.
Do I need to step back? No I do not do anything that I do not enjoy.
Of course there was a time when I ran hither-skitter but I realized once I figured my destination everything fell into space I could choose both the being and doing.
When someone comes into my place an issue of feeling that they are in a rat race, then it is time to do sit down with them, and let them find out
- What is their concept of the destination that they want to reach? That is what is their concept of success
- What are their non-negotiable in life? For me it is my daughters and mother have the first claim on my time?
- What are the skills they have?
- What are the skills they like to use and skills they rather not use..
- Finally setting an intention and walking the path.
Of course this happens through a time frame. Sometimes people need to recover their sense of identity, sometimes old ghosts and monsters need to be put to rest. MOST of the times they need to recognize the signs that they enjoy something.
Written for Indispire 135 edition prompt by Urvashi Pahwa who blogs at https://ambitionsgalore.wordpress.com — what are running after? Isn’t it time to step back enjoy life nature, family or anything you love.