Life doesn’t happen one event, one emotion, or one idea at a time.
We live in a complex world of simultaneity.
I’ve been noticing a trend in the personal development realm toward monotasking rather than multitasking. And while the sentiment feels refreshing and ecstatically liberating, even if we are choosing to complete one task at a time our consciousness is always in a state of simultaneity.
Consciousness design requires us to engage the whole of us: the cognitive, the emotional, the physical, and the energetic.
As Walt Whitman poetically offered in the delightfully obscene and profane Song of Myself:
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
So those of us who acknowledge our vastness and the cacophonous crowds within us, find ourselves in a constant state of choice.
Often we approach this choice as one of duality: either-or, this or that, right or wrong, yes or no. While this stance can be practically useful to keep us moving along the path of time, what do we do then with the contradictions within?
How do we countenance this complex world of simultaneity without silencing the contradicting choices and truths within us?
I invite you into the creative art of AND.
In the art of and there is a permission-granting to meld paradigms, to accept your contradictions, to gather your inner multitudes and have a chat all together; no arguing, no making any part of Self wrong or judged.
When we hear our multitudes out, when we trust that the contradictions can serve us if we take the time to create alignment instead of eliminating their wisdom through the duality of judgment, only then can we flow into the fullness of our being.
This art of and mindset requires the intuitive and yet counterculture urge to slow down, acknowledge the complexity, employ nuanced discernment to invite in the creative art of and.
We can feel happiness and grief, creation and the call to stillness, the need for connection and the need to be alone. We don’t have to…