Why do the things we call problems tend to drain us so much? It seems that more often than not, we view our problems as circumstances that reside outside of us, which allows us to disconnect from them.
And, this conveniently provides us with the opportunity to spare ourselves from the pain our problems often invoke, such as worry, fear, anger and frustration.
Yet, when we completely disconnect from our problems, we also fail to see the solutions and possibilities that actually exist all around them. And in doing so, we neglect to harness much of any creativity for generating innovative solutions. After all, it is virtually impossible to connect relevant ideas to the very things, from which, we actually feel so disconnected.
A common theme amongst many ancient philosophers and spiritual leaders is the concept of connectivity as a pathway to creativity. In other words, when we feel deeply connected to something, then we allow it to inspire and empower us at the same time. Yet, when we separate ourselves from these same things, we instead, exacerbate our own feelings of isolation and dis-empowerment – a tough space for anyone to experience much of any creativity.
A great spiritual leader, Hildegard of Bingen, who was well ahead of her time as a female visionary in medieval Germany said, “we cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others.” This suggests that everything we experience is a part of us, due to the fact that our own filter of interpretation, allows us to know the circumstances in the first place.
Now, just think of how differently we might show-up in both our personal and professional lives, if we made an effort to actually view our problems as a part of ourselves, instead of trying to separate ourselves from them? Better yet, how might the world start to look if we fearlessly chose to step inside of our problems?
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