T H O U G H T / how the fuck did I end up here?
Today I'm feeling inspired by last night's philosophy-flow @flowstudiobelfast led by @coralbrown ✨ We focused on the Hindu mythology surrounding Hanuman whilst flowing to the sound of the atmospheric Northern Irish rain clattering at the candlelit, steamy windows.
Over the years we are told who we should be, what we should value, what is worthy of our love and admiration, what we should stand for and against, what’s realistic, what we should dream of and aspire to, what we are capable of; the list goes on. These layers accumulate and it is from these layers that we base our truth; our perception of the self: I am this… I believe in X and want Y.
It's then common, yet completely unnerving and confusing, to WAKE UP during (what the West often call...) a quarter or mid-life 'crisis'. We basically wind up thinking 'how the fuck did I end up here?' Hanuman, a vanara or monkey superhero, 🐒is revered for his strength, perseverance, dedication and devotion. The same qualities must be cultivated along our journey to self-realization - the removal of these layers.
to dedicate yourself to what makes you truly happy is the greatest of gifts you could give this world
Through dedication and devotion, that is loyalty to observing and loving the self, we shine brighter. The disjointed, confused and oft-conflicting state of affairs that subsists in our daily lives may be harmonised through strength and perseverance to living a life a life that resonates with our truth.
To know your worth, to love your self, to shine brightly and to dedicate yourself to what makes you truly happy is the greatest of gifts you could give this world. We can only give what we have and if we do not love the self, if we cannot experience happiness and inner peace, if our light is turned down such that is barely casts a shadow, we cannot give love, light, happiness and peace to others.
For a more in-depth analysis of the agreements we have sub-consciously entered into and how to begin re-writing your own I'd recommend reading 'The Four Agreements' by Don Miguel Ruiz.