From Hazy to Clear: How to Gain Clarity About Your Life
By Deepak Chopra, M.D. – The biggest questions you can ask yourself—Who am I? What is my purpose? Where can I find fulfillment?—come down to a very simple one: What shall I do today?
We can all have Big Dreams– this part is easy! But carrying them out is the problem. Everyone’s days are filled with distractions with duties and demands piling up. The bigger issues become hazy when your to-do list is overflowing. So how can we bring vision and practicality closer together?
The world’s wisdom traditions tell us to look inside for the real obstacles that block the way to fulfillment. Outer demands will always fill the time given to them. The activity of our daily life makes existence seem stressed and chaotic. What you can do instead is to examine your reality “in here,” which is where clarity can be found.
What most people find when they look inside are the following ingredients in their mental makeup:
* Confusion: this manifests as not setting clear priorities because the path ahead doesn’t look clear and decisive.
* Distraction: this manifests as a hundred small things that pull your attention this way and that.
* Disorganization: this manifests as a lack of orderly thinking that leads to productive results.
These three ingredients make up the managerial part of mental life, which is a basic necessity. There’s a spectrum of problems that changes from person to person. There’re persons who are tightly controlled, highly disciplined thinkers while others are more vague dreamers.. is at one end, while the vague dreamer sits at the other edge of the spectrum. There are countless variations on how we use our minds. If your goal is clarity, set aside the thoughts and sensations that fill your mind every day. Focus instead on the goal of finding clarity.
* Confusion is solved by getting your priorities straight.
* Distraction is solved by getting better at focusing your attention.
* Disorganization is solved by throwing out non-essentials and tending to the important things first.
Remember that we are talking about your inner life, so achieving clarity isn’t the same as cleaning house and straightening out every room. The solution doesn’t lie in attacking the problem directly. If you became a kind of efficiency expert, you could probably sort your thinking out in a more orderly, focused way. But the effort would be a strain, and the results would likely be temporary. It is far better to find a way to let the mind become orderly, focused, and clear on its own.
By committing to the practice of meditation, you take your mind to the level where clarity is natural and effortless. There’s a level of the mind that knows only peace, calmness, and clarity. There’s a beautiful balance between relaxation and alertness.
The settled mind is the most capable of meeting the day’s demands because it is guided from within. Self-awareness dominates, which means that you know who you are and where you’re going. It turns out that the day contains enough time for you to find fulfillment, which is a timeless quality that is undisturbed by demands, duties, and distractions.
Inner fulfillment is the goal of life, and always has been.
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