The Art of Being in the World but Not Of the World

Fractal Enlightenment

“Only your surface is disturbed; in your deepness there is stillness and total tranquility” – Bryan McGill

Let’s face it, life happens. In today’s world people have responsibilities, we need money to survive, we need to take care of our kids, we need to take care of our health and we need to pay our bills. There are always going to be things that need to be done. And just when we think we’ve got everything down pat and all is well… a friend or family member comes along to tell us about their latest catastrophe in their lives. It seems as if stress has become a way of life for most.

In fact, it has become so much of a norm that if you were to actually tell someone that life is good, you can’t complain or that you feel truly happy… most people won’t even believe you! They’ll either think you’re delusional, or in denial, or turning a blind eye to life in general. However, at a certain point we got sold a lie. That lie being that stress is normal, stress is honorable, stress means you’re ambitious, stress means you’re reaching goals, stress is glamorous, stress means you care about your job or your family, being stressed means you’re important and successful. But is there a happy medium?

Is there a way to not only take on all of the responsibilities of our day to day lives plus listen to the calamities and complaints of our friends and family while still remaining in our peaceful center? Is there a way to physically be IN this world, participate in all of situations and circumstances while at the same time not being OF the world, which means not becoming so involved and attached to every event, to the point of pulling our hair out in worry or frustration?

“Stress is never a given. There are people who get divorced amicably. There are people who pack up and move with no emotional toll. There is no stressor ‘out there’ in the world. We experience stress or we don’t based on what we believe.” – Andrew Bernstein

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