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Friday, July 27, 2012

Are You Nummified?

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Are You Nummified?

Written by Steven Griggs |

“When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse, out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone,
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
I have become comfortably numb.”
Pink Floyd

“You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.”
Pink Floyd

“Nummified” is a word I created to describe how we tend to get caught up in our life construct. About how we get “stuck” and bogged down in our lives. We begin to believe our circumstances define us. We lock ourselves into a structure that is both comfortable and numb.

We create a life that attaches meaning to money, possessions, and status. Where our security and solidity comes from believing that we are defined by the car we drive, the house we live in, the money and possessions we own, and the “friends” we have. We never look inward, always outward.

We believe that our life is good because of these things. And it is…..

But there’s more to the story.…...

On one level our lives are exceptionally good because we have access to basically anything we desire. But on another level this also enables us and makes it easier to believe that “things” have meaning. It allows our Ego personality to become dominant because we are constantly feeding it in a variety of ways.

We are then on an endless quest to feed the Ego and fill the void, sometimes literally (Statistics show that over 38% of Americans are considered obese).

But the Ego can never be satisfied and by endlessly trying we reinforce the disconnect and reveal our emptiness…..the void.

But why is there a void? What is the void?

I believe it is a symptom of our disconnection from our true selves.

What is one’s “true self”?

I think you already know the answer.

Ask yourself:

Am I happy?
Am I doing what I truly want to be doing?
Is this the life I planned on and dreamed of?

If the answer is yes, then good on you but if the answer is no, then you have just gotten a little closer to understanding your true self.  You’ve gotten a clearer picture by knowing that you aren’t where you really want to be.

By being clear on what you don’t want you take a step closer to understanding what you do want.

I’m not saying this is an easy process, because it’s not. You may start questioning your lifestyle, your relationships, your job, your choices….

It can be scary.

But you don’t have to blow up your life and change everything…. at least not all at once. You just have to keep getting clearer on what you truly want and slowly move towards that new you.

Take small steps, begin by stepping back from the reactive mindset, the emotion driven interactions that we constantly engage in. Pay attention to yourself and your surroundings.

Spend time alone. Take walks, reconnect with nature. If you don’t already meditate, learn how. It will help you stay better connected to your true self.

As you move towards the future you, you will gain momentum. You will begin to lose interest in a lot of things that used to be important to you. Doors will open and you may be taken down new paths. Follow those paths.

Look for the opening doors and keep going.

Soon “Nummified” will just be a silly word that someone made up.