In the end, I am deeply grateful for the wisdom that came, unexpectedly from one of the most mundane objects in the world. That kitchen table became the metaphorical bridge upon which we, as a family, stepped into our new life. It was our bootcamp. Our testing ground. It opened a door to more mindfulness and it reminded us that the work of growing wiser never ends.
Just as nobody argues that, in order to maintain a healthy body, one has to eat a balanced diet and practice sports, lately more and more people understand that in cultivating a healthy mind and balanced emotional life takes work. Meditation is one way to get there and it’s result, Mindfulness, is one amazing way to step off the “hedonic treadmill” which makes so many people chase happiness as an ever elusive external goal and start looking inside for more sustainable personal wellbeing and actually building a joyful, fulfilled life, from the inside out.
This post is for all the beautiful youngsters who are just beginning to walk their own path in life. It’s for all the people who have a dream and tell themselves every day that it’s impossible. Finally, it’s for all those who had the courage to take responsibility for their own lives and use the greatest right we have all been given upon birth – give their life a meaning.
Socrates, with his maieutics, was most likely the world’s first coach. Coaching is not just another fad. You, I, any of us can be coaches for ourselves and our loved ones. We don’t need sophisticated courses for that, we just need the honest openness to listen, refrain from judging and assuming we are the keepers of absolute truth and finally, we need the courage to ask those questions that really matter, not for ourselves, but for the other.
Dear ones, my invitation to you is to reflect on the emotions that drive your lives at the moment. What lies behind your most important life decisions or behind your reactions to those closest to you? Discover if you are living in fiear or in love and, if there is something to change, change it consciously.