Quotidian Wisdom is what we learn from daily life in the modern world. It’s about taking every experience and looking into it with the intent to learn and expand our awareness, by putting knowledge and faith into practice, and learning from our experience.
I came across this practice after years of struggle, always looking “out there” instead of within. It didn’t make me happy, only miserable.
What did make me happy? Dropping the struggle against my own life and circumstances. Following my own path, trusting in my own experience, using the resources I’m given to handle any struggle when it arises. Realizing that I am something more than my body, emotions and even identity. Noticing the beauty at the core of everything.
How to stop resisting your own life
Does this sound familiar? Wishing things were different in the world. Setting goals only to set new ones when you achieve them?
Let go of the struggle and surrender. Give up catching up and be behind. Stop “doing in order to” and just “be”. Let go of guilt for gratitude. Ask “what can I learn from this” when something bad happens. Step up to the plate and live in accordance with your own values, or try to, every day.
Living intentionally doesn’t mean quitting your job, giving up possessions, renouncing money, or depriving yourself of daily pleasures and the fruits of modern life. Contentment is always within our possibilities, no matter our circumstances, if we let go of what blocks it. I’ve learned a way to do it using positive psychology and energy work.
I decided some time ago that happiness wasn’t only for other people with more money, better titles, fewer problems and more vacation time, it was for me too, and for everyone.
Following the path of looking within
I’ve experimented with a unique lifestyle. It blends a contemplative attitude with the intentional use of tools from positive psychology, energy work and spiritual teachers. It’s not about thinking or reading about these principles, it’s about applying them and living them day to day.
This practice has never failed me, although its not easy. On the contrary, it has opened my eyes to the freedom available to was all when we become aware of the significance of life’s experiences and realize that we set our own limitations.
I believe that our present experience is the source of everything we need in order to learn, live well and be happy. Each of us has a part to play, and it is rooted in the wisdom that comes from experiencing our life as it is right now. Wisdom is the result of the integration of knowledge with faith and lived experience.
Isn’t that comforting? We don’t need to be anything different than what we are. We already have our own quotidian wisdom, and that is enough.
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