Living in the Question: A High Idea
A global pandemic and the civil rights revolution has shaken up our country and its people. Collectively, we are all living in the question of how to live out in the world. When should we reopen schools? Is it safe to travel? How long will it take for the vaccines to roll out? When will we get “back to normal”? As our experience of “normal” changes from one moment to the next, now is the best time in our history to live in the question.
All of the rules are out the window. We are no longer bound by the social norms we used to abide by. The digital age is changing the rules of the stock market, elections, the dissemination of news, and how we interact with each other. Our cultural understanding of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and differently abled people is changing every day.
Each one of us has the unique opportunity to reflect on the high idea of our own lives. Regardless of what is happening out in the world, are you happy with who you are and how you’re living your life? Are you comfortable with the choices that you make each day? Right now, are you living the life that you’ve always wanted? Or is now the time to make a change?
Consider dedicating your week to living in these questions. If you love who you are and what you are doing with your life...fantastic! Take the time to identify what questions are right for you to live in. Use your intuition to guide you through the process of being in the question. Our intuition tells us everything we need to know about ourselves.
Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism that means “beginner’s mind”. This involves us throwing away our expectations, remaining open to the reality in front of us. Our unpredictable world has provided the perfect opportunity for us to live with a beginner’s mind. Look around, look around, at how lucky you are to be alive right now! History has its eyes on you. Now is the best time to live in the question of the ultimate high idea. As the world is changing, how do you want to change with it?