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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Existential Digging

This morning I spoke to a group of 16-year-olds at a local private international school. The topic was Making the Most of Your Life, and those of you who dip into this blog occasionally, will realize that the gist of what I spoke of over the 2 1/2 hour session had to do with:
  • being aware

  • being in a position to know that you can always make choices about how to react to whatever it is that is happening to you, both inside and out (you can't control the outside, but you can choose how to react to the event on the inside)

  • being responsible for the self

  • being conscious of the fact that your state of inner well-being (and happiness) is in your hands

  • finding a meaning for your life

These young adolescents were - on the whole - receptive to the message, and not only that, they showed, in their body positions and the energy they emanated, exactly when something did (and did not) reach them. This kind of energetic barometer (see also my article The Energy Barometer: Make Your Mind Body Connection Work For You) is of enormous importance, not only for someone like myself who wants to guage the energy of an audience (in this case, captive audience), but to guage one's own state of being. I have written much in this blog about energy and I suggest you take a look, because what you learn about yourself because of your energetic frequency, can make a big difference in how you feel at any given moment.

So imagine my delight, given the above, and the clear importance it has in my life and work, when I read another blogger's post about a similar train of thought. Alex Pattakos, writing at the Huffington Post, says this:

"For now, I would like to introduce you to a process that I call "existential digging." I have found this procedure to be especially helpful as both a catalyst and guide for putting the principle, Detect the Meaning of Life's Moments, into everyday practice. Simply put, for every situation or life experience, I would like you to do some "existential digging" by reflecting upon and making note of your responses to the following four questions:

  1. How did you respond to the situation or life experience?

  2. How did you feel about the situation or life experience?

  3. What did you learn from the situation or life experience?

  4. How did you grow from the situation or life experience?"

Please read the entire article. It is excellent.

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