There is one thing that I didn’t mention in the RESILIONISTA NON-DOGMA MANIFESTO, and it’s the most typical one not to mention: The mental realm. How I now appreciate that nothing ever is final and I can eagerly go on to add to the manifesto!
But first, a thought: Isn’t it weird that there is this one part of us that we are almost conditioned to ignore? And isn’t it even more peculiar that we all seem to buy into that? Basically, if something goes wrong in the upstairs department, we have real difficulties functioning and there are very few crouches and plasters that remedy mental challenges.
However, the psychological realm isn’t only of significance for our wellbeing when things go ultimately wrong. Quite the contrary does most every minute of our lives depend on our perception, when we choose to see obstacles or opportunities, to be furious or fun, to ask questions or accept what is presented to us, ect. Thus, our ability to stay emotionally disentangled, see the world as it is and spend our days with a free mind practicing our creativity is the foundation for perceptual openness toward the world.
So it seems to me that ensuring this foundation is a good investment and the good news are that the brain is a muscle that we can train and that many people worldwide are sharing their experiences and techniques with anyone remotely interested.
I find it particularly important to be aware that I am resilient; that my identity and personality are not dependent on my career, family, activities, social or emotional relations, but also that “I” am neither my body nor my mind.
Whilst this is relatively complex to fully comprehend, it is easy to get started once the curiosity has been awoken.
And honestly, that’s where I am at the moment: Being very very curious. The breaking down of that into tangibilities means that I’m establishing a daily practice and searching for my spiritual community in London, which both aren’t straightforward. But hey, what’s the journey worth if we knew where we were going!?