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Hey lazy yogi the decisions I've made in life have placed me somewhere i really dont want to be, i wish i could follow another path but is difficult considering you need money to survive in this world. How can i follow my true passion? Any advice?
When you look at a river, is there a path? Only looking from far away does it seem so. Close up, there are many little streams within the river. Those streams sculpt the river’s banks while at the same time those banks give form to the river.
Circumstances give form to passion. And passion changes our circumstances. But the two are not disconnected.
Also, just as the river is not a single path, so too is your life not a single path. The choice isn’t about leaving one path to pursue another. The choice is about whether you will endeavor to understand the decisions that have brought you to where you are now, and why you made those decisions.
Not just on a causal level but on an existential level: Why have you made the choices that you have? What were you valuing or pursuing that in the end brought you somewhere that you do not want to be?
Sometimes the main problem is in looking elsewhere, in trying to get somewhere or something that we have idealized while ignoring the reality of where we are now.
Just because you are somewhere you don’t want to be right now doesn’t mean you will be best served by fleeing from it. Perhaps it’s time to take a pause and really see where you are standing.
It does take money to survive within society. That’s like the banks of the river. They are the pre-existing conditions we have been given with which to deal. But it is also your movement between the banks that sculpts and changes them along the way.
Don’t reject where you are now in favor of some idealized passion that is somehow apart from practical daily living. But also refrain from giving into the practicality of daily life while losing touch with the inspirational spark of the cosmos.
In order to walk that balance, often a great degree of healing is called for. We have been wounded in many ways along the way from childhood. Those wounds leave scars that then in turn impair our ability to function sanely and with love.
As a place to begin, I recommend daily meditation and the book The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron.
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