There’s been plenty of discussion through history of the “right”, “just”, “moral”, or at the very least, more beneficial approach to living life.
One key issue that I’ve found, is that it always results in methods which are too shoehorned and not far-reaching enough.
You end up getting a method, lifestyle change,or approach which is either limited, basic, or simply not good in all situations.
One approach which seems basic at first glance is instinct, your natural gut reaction to things.
This may seem grounded in a wishy washy kind of emotional fluff, but it’s not that at all, and instead is a grounded, sincere, and honest way to experience. In this approach you align yourself with a sort of deep wisdom that is beyond words.
I can prove this to you by asking that you look within and examine your life. When were you most free, honest, and full of life?
Chances are its when enjoying the following:
- Art – Making and spectating.
- Love- Sexual or otherwise.
- Physical exercise – Whether in nature, sports, or athletics.
- Good conversation – With strangers or friends.
- Enjoying food.
- Just before sleep.
The major reason for all this is because you “flowed” with the moment, in other words you weren’t sticky, apprehensive, and elsewhere in any way. You didn’t cling to expectations or even the joy of the moment.
It was an opportunity for you to be fully spontaneous. While it’s easy to point to all of this in the positive, it’s most useful to remember that this can also be absorbed during strenuous moments.
Moments of extreme challenge, where you exhaust your mental and physical capacities. If you accept the discomfort and pain, you can much easily focus on a solution or better path.
This approach has long been known about cross culturally. The Greeks referred to it as ataraxia, Zen Buddhists as original mind, and Hindus and Christians as divine grace.
Even the word inspiration comes from the latin, “to breathe unto”. This is always known as being something you don’t earn, but that something that is ever present and which never has to be worked on in a traditional sense.
mid-14c., enspiren, “to fill (the mind, heart, etc., with grace, etc.);” also “to prompt or induce (someone to do something),” from Old French enspirer (13c.), from Latin inspirare “blow into, breathe upon,” figuratively “inspire, excite, inflame,” from in- “in” (from PIE root *en “in”) + spirare“to breathe”
Etymology of the word Inspire
Fundamentally it’s a stripping away back to the core, a reassuring sense from a stable foundation which cannot be pushed against or refrained for it to function properly.