Compulsive Behaviour vs. Passion for Life

At times we are all busy working our way through daily chores, honey do lists, and personal achievements. It seems to me that we have been on a continually accelerating path toward faster and busier times. We can now receive information at a pace that is far beyond our capacity to process it.

So, what do we do with it all, and perhaps more importantly, why are we doing it anyway.

Do you find that the busy times (work, school, reading, gaming, shopping, TV) are bringing you joy? Perhaps at the end of an activity you find you can reflect on the significates of the completed activity. Check into your emotional and your rational thoughts to see what has transpired. Do you feel gratitude, compassion, fulfillment and joy as a result of your completed task? If not then perhaps it is time to look at your motivation behind your activity.

I have talked with many people who are very uncomfortable sitting alone or in silence. They are almost terrified to see what may arise in their thoughts or visions if they are not constantly stimulated or bombarded from an external source (work, school, achievements, TV). It is as if they are running from their internal reality by flooding their external experience with activity.

I would suggest that activities guided by the passion for life bring us closer in intimate loving relationships, open our hearts with compassion for others, come to us in natural time and are not forced upon us, stimulate emotional connection, stimulate our intuition, and our capacity to see new horizons.

On the contrary, if we allow our activities to keep us endlessly busy without moment-to-moment awareness, search endlessly for the next activity (like a chain smoker), feel depleted, feel like we are being used or we are using others in the process, and we feel numb and overwhelmed then we are likely acting compulsively.

When we live compulsively we are more likely to suffer physical symptoms, live in fear of emotions, and search the external world endlessly for solutions to our pain. The path to passionate living comes from our internal world and is then reflected in our external world. In my view, it is a matter of directionality and motivation.

When we continually try to fill our internal lives from external objects then we remain in pain and live from compulsive behaviours. When we look inside and start to become aware of our emotions and honest motivations we are more able to satisfy our soul.

Living with Passion is the process of satisfying our soul. To satisfy our soul we start from our internal world and study our emotions and our motivations deeply.

About Admin-Blog-SJT

Paul is a Family Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Reiki Master with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology who has been working with clients in Peterborough Ontario and surrounding area since the late 1990s. Over the years he has been involved in family & individual counselling and has received training in diverse and esoteric practices such as Hypnosis, Shamanic Journeying, Remote Viewing, Reiki, Philosophy, Integral Theory, and Spirituality, to name a few.
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