We all struggle to focus on the present for good reasons. The complexity of modern life, the intensity, and pace of our culture, as well as the very serious issues we are challenged by, can make it difficult to invest in our daily activities in a way that engages us in a beautiful way. This is especially true for sensitive people who connect more strongly with the intensity of the world.
The near absence of safety nets in the world means fear dominates the interactions of most people, individually and collectively, sensitive or not. Most people are afraid of loss because they fear dropping out of the system. We all know of people who lost everything because of a layoff or medical issue. Given the high costs of so many foundational pieces of life: food, housing, education, and health care, people are rightly concerned about their well-being. The block to making changes is that many people are trying to solve problems using old approaches designed for a different time.
Changing Times Require Changing Approaches
Our current institutions of all kinds were created hundreds of years ago to pool many people into groups called markets. These market groups were supported by large organizations meant to share costs across a large number of people, making many basic necessities affordable. They were an important innovation by amazingly creative people who did not need to worry about resource depletion, overpopulation, and climate change, problems created because of their success.
Our current system, created to eliminate a lot of human misery, has succeeded! Along the way we have become more sophisticated and competent in many ways, We have developed an amazing array of tools and technologies to support ourselves. These inventions mean that we can say that human survival is assured based on our skills and knowledge.
However, when reality changes, we have to change with it. We now have the opportunity and need to change the conversation about life, in our heads, and with each other. This is an important time when, if we are to make a complex human world work, we need a new way. We need a way to make it possible to be present in spite of challenges, open to conversations with each other, and willing to try new ways of doing things.
We need to give up fear as our common ground and substitute it with joy. Fear shuts us down. Joy opens us up, it opens others up, too. Joy lets us focus on the now and the reality in front of us, so we can invite new possibilities in a grounded way.We have the resources to shift to a new way. I suggest turning joy into a practice so that you can create with others in a beautiful way.
Joy Offers A Way Forward
We have a huge need for both optimism and groundedness if we are to solve our problems. Once you commit to shifting to joy as your anchor in life, you can release a lot of the emotional baggage of the past. You will be creating the best options and choices in the present. You will find that your resistance diminishes and that you can be happier with what you are doing.
Joy sounds like a “happy” emotion but it can actually be an important anchor that lets us move into a co-creator relationship with life while minimizing harm and pain to ourselves and each other. There are so many ways in which joy can be harnessed to make life work. How could you envision it serving you?
Originally published on Typeshare.