A few times on this blog I have written about the importance of knowing yourself. Sometimes I feel like I have even been a bit of a stuck record.
The last few weeks I have however been picking up books, reading highlights from my professional networks and talking with people who have all indicated the same thing: the biggest change that is happening is that we will have to develop the relationship with ourselves if we want to change the world.
This, in other words, is indeed a delicious paradox. It is juicy and rich in substance: Stop trying to change the world, change yourself if you want to change the world. …It is hard enough anyway!
In my previous post I clarified the purpose of the blog and also clarified the two core terms of survive and alive. I therefore see this blog as a place where the new challenge of the 21st century economic environment, i.e. how much you pay for the food in your grocery store, how expensive your house is and how to take of yourself when you retire or provide for your children in the future, is directly connected with the internal life that we lead. It becomes economics based on how aware I am.
From personal experience I can attest to the challenges of deep inner change that results in peace. I believe it is only from this place of peace where the correct desires can be cultivated which results in the kind of behaviour that impacts our economic choices on a global level.
This is hard! It is hard because of noise. It is the clacking of keyboards, tweeting, liking, chirping, snapping cacophony that is designed to make us buy, buy, buy that keeps us from facing our fears. Stop rushing, running speeding and fleeing. Start sitting, focusing, re-centering and realigning to what is really important. Do you know what is really important to you?
Do you survive or are you alive?