We are more than one year into the pandemic and we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Cases are starting to plateau and even decrease in many parts of the world after a tumultuous year of lockdowns, quarantines, economic turmoil, strained relationships and the overall fear and anxiety perpetuated by COVID 19. Many people’s lives have dramatically changed due to unemployment, underemployment, broken relationships and health challenges.
Now that we are emerging from the rubble that the pandemic has left behind, each of us needs to take stock of our lives. If your life has dramatically changed over the past year, it is not a time to lament, but a time to reflect on what these changes mean and what life is trying to tell you.
Were you in a job you hated or a dysfunctional relationship or a health trajectory which was spiralling downwards? Even if none of these are true for you, the pandemic has likely affected you in some way. COVID 19 is more than a newly emerged virus, sent to wreak havoc on humanity. It is a wake up call to show us that many of us were not living authentic lives and, in fact, were lying to ourselves and living in illusion.
The illusion we have been living is whatever we thought our lives were about, usually other people’s agenda. Now is the time to define your own agenda and start to live in harmony with who you truly are. How do I do this you may ask?
You can do this through answering 3 simple questions, which are as follows:
You see, most people have no idea who they are. They identify with their physical bodies, their thoughts, their emotions, their life stories, their relationships, their careers, the roles they play in their lives, their material possessions and everything that they feel they lack in their lives. The truth is that you are none of these things but are something deeper and greater, which is for you to discover.
Most people also have no idea why they are here. This is because they have been conditioned to follow other people’s agenda including that of their parents, the education system, the government, their religion, societal expectations, what popular culture dictates and what marketers and advertisers tell them their priorities should be. In order to redefine your life you need to discover the deeper meaning of your life and your higher mission here on the planet.
So how does one go about redefining their life? First of all, you need to create space between yourself and all the external influences around you, which seek to pull you in every direction except the one you should go in. This does not mean that you withdraw from society and the world and live like a hermit in a cave, but, you must create space in order to contemplate the deeper meaning of your life.
Second of all, you need to journal on the questions I have asked about. Do this on a regular basis, even if it is only for 5 or 10 minutes a day. Journal on your thoughts, your feelings, your relationships, your career, your recent experiences and anything else that comes to mind, but do this in the context of the questions above. Do this on a regular basis and the answers will eventually emerge.
The important thing is to do this with patience, resolve and consistency. I do not pretend to have all the answers to your life but I do know how you can find them yourself. Do not let the opportunity, that the pandemic has given you, pass you by. This is a defining moment in human history and the more people who realize this and answer the call that their Higher Self is calling them to, the more people who will find true fulfillment, reach their highest potential and, possibly, change the downhill trajectory that humanity has set itself upon from the time we lost sight of what truly matters.
Dr. Nauman Naeem