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18th Jan 2018
The Zero Point
We begin a new year again, Happy New Year!!!
What is a new beginning like?
How should one begin something? I looked at this question from a few different angles,
The start of my year has been calm, and it has felt like a good way to start the year
I was walking down the street yesterday morning to the shop, 7am in a tranquil state
And I saw somebody rushing to put air in their car tyres, in an extreme panic
And from my perspective it seemed hilarious and completely absurd, whereas he
was utterly convinced that his rush was needed, almost life and death
Obviously I have found myself in that state before and can understand
I was enjoying not to be experiencing so much stress in that moment.
It gave me interesting perspective and made me see how absurd a rush looks from a calm state of mind
Really a good insight into management, management of your life, and the pursuit of goals
Perspective 1 - Personal Experience
Everyday is an opportunity for new beginning
At the beginning, i think its normal to experience some anxiety
Its like looking at a blank canvas, staring into a unknown future
You have your projections, which are like past associations, positive and negative, weaved into your
they are always there at a new beginning, and it can be difficult to get past these
Then, not necessarily in this order, some anticipation for the challenges
which are going to find you on the new journey
Knowing its best that you face them head on, rather than avoiding them
So there is some to be done preparation for this, pre-empting what is to come
You can also experience some excitement, some enthusiasm about the new experiences ahead
The potential for joy, achievement, progress and clearer perspective
An opportunity awaits to integrate some of the wisdom of the past and implement these lessons
Into the future, to create some new and more optimal outcomes.
What is it you want from a new beginning?
What are you aiming at? And what different ways can we look at this?
Perspective 2 - Ownership/Authorship
The question 'what you want?' could be inverted to the question, 'what you are willing to own?'
I found the question 'what do you want?' to be daunting, so i attempted break it down in this way
Ownership makes me think of your house, flat or bedroom
What you have in there, tells you a lot about yourself, your life purpose and motivations
Also the ownership of non material substances
such as status, social attainment or currency and internal achievements,
Such as gaining a new skill, honing a personal attribute or overcoming a fear.
These types of aims are just as important, if not of more so of a priority
Why? Because there are no material things which have the ability to strengthen
Your inner workings, or your spirit, there are material things which can alter your inner state
But strengthening or reinforcing them comes through a practice rather a material object
Perspective 3 - Responsibility
Another way I thought about the question 'what is it you want?'
Is, 'what is it you are willing to be responsible for?'
Its a similar metaphor to the ownership
If you own something, you are also responsible for it
You have to be able to look after it, nurture it, maintain it, and meet the demands it places on you
They become a moral obligation to do so. Like taking care of yourself, with daily obligations
I liked this perspective 'question what you want', because it was reverse engineering the problem
And looking at it in a wider sense, There are things within this question, basic survival needs
Like housing, Diet and food consumption, quality of relationships, Physical, Mental and spiritual health
Which are built into the question
In order of hierarchy, Forfilling these more fundamental requirements
And to which the quality of which these needs are met
Come before any other long or short term aim or goal
Meaning one cannot come without the other
Perspective 4 - Allignment
During this line of inquiry I saw; in defining an aim or an objective
It was also coming into Alignment with yourself and the rest of the world around you
What does this mean?
Coming into alignment with your culture in which you have been born, to which you are unique
There are things about all of us which make us individual
Not only culture but your personality, your individual character traits, such as openness, intelligence
Creativity, Agreeableness or disagreeableness, orderliness,
Your interests, the things that compel you, or that you desire to practice or learn and engrain into yourself
And also your own past experience's which have shaped you as an individual
Whether negative or positive, they have contribute to who you are today
And offer something for you to take forward into the future, whether this is a lesson, Wisdom, Knowledge,
Mastery of something, which can contribute to the different things you may choose to pursue
Whats interesting too about past experience, is how it may contribute aesthetically to the future
A style, or a mannerism or a way of doing things, these may be more like surface level manifestations
Or in the way things appear in your reality, the way the look or are designed, something worth considering
These are great things to explore, because they help you identify the things that make you,
And in doing that, owning these things and also celebrating them, feeling that sense of ownership
About these things, not taking them for granted, because they are unique and also worthy.
Owning even some of the darker or less desirable aspects can offer you a lot of energy moving forward
Leaving non of it in the 'shadows' so to speak and allowing these things to transform you
This could also be a necessary although less popular part of individual development
When these different factors come into harmony with one another
There seems to be a natural progression, or a set of pathways which present themselves out of this
When you begin with an honest reality, or a clear image about yourself and the reality in which you inhabit
It becomes more obvious the things that you may want to voluntarily aim to overcome or pursue
I would say this is a courageous act, to attempt to see things from this perspective
And also a humbling process,
Perhaps in our culture we are taught or expected to aim for the 'Gold' or a 'Prize'
Which is often personified in the material with the titles of social attainment, Celebrity, Money, Fame high status
Not that any of these things are wrong, these titles are often well earned and deserved, so thats brilliant
when this happens. Problems may occur when some of the personal character developments
mentioned above are missed out or avoided In an attempt to secure or gain these things
Reclaiming yourself in any process, I believe is the biggest prize.
Perpective 5 - Different types of Aims
There are different types of aims
Aims that benefit yourself and yourself alone, could be called selfish aims....
Perhaps, pleasure seeking aims, short term aims,
Aims that only serve one part of the whole, which in the long term become a detriment to the whole
And Aims which benefitted yourself and the rest of the whole
Your friends, family, colleagues, partner, children and the wider society
These seemed to be the ideal aims
Because they have the best outcomes on multiple levels, over time and for the surrounding community
This is well personified in the symbol of the Mandala
An image of a spherical nature, where there is an interconnectedness for the individual parts
Or a symphony or piece of music in which there different parts of the composition
Interplay and interact with each other, creating a dynamic which is reflected in the nature of life
Perspective 6 - Ideal
Another way I looked at this problem was with a perspective shift
If I had everything I thought I wanted, financial security, a family, social status, etc....
And I had attained a level of comfort within my life, what would I aim at then?
What would I do with my time then? What would be your motivation or passion to move forward
And would 'Forward' constitute something different
This to me looked like the question of self - definition
The nature of self is always changing, so too then is definition of self.
Its an existential question really, and is the deepest perspective on this question
Because its a fundamental question
What do you fundamentally orient yourself around, if you are a solar system, what is your "Sun"?
Huge question and requires an individual answer
Yet too we have commonalities as humans
Such as we all want or require to feel like we are loved, we want to take care of those we love
We want to try to forfill our potential, We want to inspire and help others
I would say many people feel this way fundamentally
There is aspect of what i do and what I've seemed to orient myself around
Is the exploration into new frontiers, I am attracted to unexplored territory
And maybe there is something human about that which we can see in history
In which many pursuits have been about the acquisition of new artistic, political, mental, physical territory
There is something 'in us' which is driving us towards the attainment of something new
We seem to aim towards something higher than before
This drive could be seen as an ego drive, or impulse driven, if it is something 'in us',
We wouldn't assume that it is the totality of what we are, yet it is a part of us which aims for 'more'
This part of us can dominate our behaviour and our thoughts
To the detriment of the 'whole', often without our awareness of this happening
And often missing out on what we have already got in the precious moments of our lives....
I hope you have enjoyed the read and have found it thoughtful
It has been a broad overview and I've explored a wide range of subjects
I would welcome the feedback, thoughts and comments