Things go better with me and my life when I reduce the level of noise and complexity, and increase the level of balance and harmony. To do that I have to be aware of it, and know what constitutes noise and complexity, and what serves balance and harmony. Stillness and silence work well in both areas. We have to know what stands for us as sanctuary and shelter, and go there often for the balm and solace it provides. Could be a cup of coffee and a fire in the fireplace. The important thing is to be present with what is present with us as a healing and restorative agent in the service of restoring us to our soul for the work that is ours to do on the field of action in our daily life.
The task of life is being who we are within the time and place of our living, situation by situation, moment by moment. Being who we are is being aligned with our original nature. Chuang Tzu, who lived three hundred years before the common era, is first person I know of who talked about the importance of our original nature. This is "the face that was ours before we were born." Be that. Do that. Within the circumstances that are blocking that, interfering with that, preventing that. The big problem preventing that is not external to us, but entirely within us. It is wanting something different than that, wanting something more than that. Personal gain, benefit, reward, success, achievement, acquirement, advantage trumps all other concerns and considerations. And that is the cork in the bottle. We live to get what we want, not to be who we are-- and so, the adage: "Live from your heart, not from your stomach!" What does wanting know? Our appetites are not a reliable guide in determining what needs to be done. Allowing our original nature to lead the way, with its instincts and intuition, its innocence, sincerity and spontaneity, is a much better choice for living the life that is ours to live in the time and place of our living. But. We are so estranged from ourselves, we have no idea of the qualities, gifts and virtues that are ours to serve. We have to transform our relationship with ourselves if we are to live the life that is ours to live. And that means learning to listen to, and to be aware of, the invisible Other within, in paying heed to the psyche, living from the center, from the still point of the turning world, and following the voice of antiquity in bringing forth what is needed in each here and now of the present age.