How do we know what is important? How do we decide what matters and what doesn't? How do we know we are right? What makes us think we are? How often do we evaluate our evaluations? Against what do we check our plumb? The accuracy of our circle? The squareness of our square? We declare we are right, but. How do we know that we are right? How often do we even ask the question?
How do we know what to do when? Fear could guide us. Or desire. Or loathing, anger, hatred, dread... We could live at the whim of emotional reactivity. But. What do our emotions know? Reason and logic have their place. But. What guides them through their carefully plotted deliberations? How do they know what is best for us or our situation? "Best" in terms of what? In light of what? How good is the good reason and logic call good? "Well," they would say, "If you want this, here is the best path to that end!" But. What does wanting know? How do we know what to want? How we know what we should want? How do we want what we ought to want? How do we know what needs to be done without contriving our way to a future where we have no business being? Where do we belong? How do we know? We have to go all the way back to who we are to find out. Carl Jung said, "We are who we always have been-- and who we will be." Living in ways that incarnate, exhibit, express, reveal and make known who we are in each situation as it arises, regardless of contexts, conditions and circumstances is being true to ourselves and to our place in our life throughout our life. It is to work out the conflicts and contradictions between who we are and where we are through negotiation and compromise, adjustment and accommodation. What do we need to be who we are, where we are, when we are, here and now? It takes sitting quietly, in stillness and silence, to find the way to The Way of Being Who We Are Here and Now. Stop. Breathe. Look. Listen. Wait for the mud to settle and the water to clear. Listen to your heart (What makes your little heart sing and dance?). Listen to your stomach (Those gut feelings). Listen to your "bones" (What you "know in your bones"). Listen to your nighttime dreams. Ask the questions that beg to be asked. Say the things that cry out to be said. Reflect on the things that have always been true about you over the full course of your life-- they will always be true about you. What does that tell you about where and how you need to be? About where you belong, and belong not? Watch what you find yourself doing absentmindedly, unintentionally, directing yourself to what needs to be done. See how your sense of direction forms itself around, and flows from, the stillness and silence of mindful walk-a-bouts.