It’s funny to imagine our lives as something we spend a lot of time avoiding,
because it seems like that would be impossible to do. Our lives consist of
everything we engage in, from showering to sleeping, but also a lot of busy work
that distracts us and keeps us from looking at our lives. Experiencing our life
from the inside means taking time each day to simply be alone and quiet in the
presence of our soul. Many of us are so out of practice that it’s almost
unnerving to have a moment to ourselves. As a result, we may have stopped trying
to carve out that time to take a seat at the center of our lives.
One of the reasons it can be uncomfortable to sit with ourselves is because when we do,
we tend to open ourselves to an inner voice, which might question the way we’re
living or some of the choices we’re making. Sometimes the voice reminds us of
our secret, inner yearnings, dreams we thought we had forgotten. When we already
feel overwhelmed by our busy schedules, the idea of hearing this voice can be
exhausting. However, its reflections are the chords that connect us to our
authentic selves, and they are the very things that make our lives worth living.
When we continually avoid connecting with our life, we risk losing out on the
very purpose of our existence.
To begin the process of being more present and less absent in your life, you might want to set aside just a few minutes each day to simply sit with yourself. This doesn’t mean watching a movie or reading a book, but taking time each day for self-examination to avoid the avoidance, to be with yourself in an open way. After a while, you may start to enjoy this part of the day so much that you make less busy work for yourself, so that you can spend more time at the center of your own life, rather than hovering like a planet around the sun.