It’s Staff Wellbeing Month here at uni—every month should be Staff Wellbeing Month (every month should be Everybody Wellbeing Month). I’ve been asked to come up with some ideas to help staff de-stress, which is all very well and good, but the thing is—
The people most in need of de-stressing probably aren’t going to give a flying fig about whatever mindfulness gratitude meditation breathing exercise I can craft for them to do.
Likewise, on the research journey, those of you who have shown interest and take precious moments to read these posts (you have my heart), visit on a voluntary basis because you want to—presumably because you have an interest in finding the light during dark times?
And it does make you wonder—
Does everyone want to find the light or are some people quite happy living in the fog?
The eternal optimist in me says of course everyone wants to be light.
And, according to Eckhart Tolle, everyone is capable of it.
Every person carries the seed of enlightenment within.
So, how do we get there? And “there” isn’t a place where everyone is bright and bubbly 100% of the time. Good golly, no! Realistically, it’s just a place where we’re always trying to choose light over dark.
One thing we know for sure is that we can’t change anyone else—and we don’t want to do that. We can’t presume to know what others need.
What we can do is change ourselves—and by sharing our journeys, maybe water the seed for others.
In my last post, I talked about A New Earth changing my earth. What I’ve learned is that you need adaptibility to connect with others and you need adaptibility in order to connect with yourself.
What I’m adapting in my life right now, and for this project, is the definition of enlightenment.
I’ve always seen enlightenment as some lofty, unreachable goal reserved for the spiritually gifted. But, it’s pretty discouraging to start out on a journey thinking that you’re never going to reach the destination.
So, we simplify. Enlightenment isn’t some big, grand dream that we’ll never reach one day—enlightenment is the teeny, tiny shards of light that we let into our lives every day.
It’s giving a smile (and getting one in return).
It’s the first sip of your favourite drink (right now mine’s Pink Grapefruit and Lime Tea).
It’s the crunch of a leaf underfoot (never too old to crunch).
It’s time spent with loved ones (every moment you can get).
Over the next days and weeks, we’ll discover and share all the places we can find that light, and all the ways in which we can brighten it.