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A Simple Path – To the Art of Losing Yourself

By on May 15, 2012


“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha

Some days we need to call a time out; hit the pause button and ask the world to slow down – if only for a moment. Rushing from activity to activity, we can forget where our foundation is built or what it is trying to support.

Mondays blur into Wednesdays which become Fridays in secretly appreciative warp speed. There have been more Fridays afternoons than I care to admit when I thought, “I made it.” Translated: I buried my head and didn’t take the time to see what was more important.

The busyness of our lives can lure us into thinking that activity equals progress.

No more.

I want my Wednesdays to be as glorious as my Sundays. I want to find the pieces of me that seem to disappear sometimes. I want to lose myself in what I love once again.

Falling back in love

Losing ourselves is more of a state of mind than it is a destination. It is in place we see the real reason for the busy lives. For me, the reason is a simple one – there’s still more to do before I go.

But to nurture what I love, I need to lift my head to see what I’ve been neglecting; I need to take better care of the things that are more important; and I want to fall back in love with these things once again:

  • Getting in touch with what’s under the surface after asking my family, “How was your day?”
  • Choosing kindness over convenience
  • Finding hope in all circumstances; even the difficult ones
  • Enjoying every afternoon run as a reminder of the strength I have left; and not the strength I have spent
  • Writing from my heart and not for a deadline

And after lifting my head, I will practice the art of losing myself once again by:

  • Giving myself permission to hit the pause button
  • Making time to be still and listen
  • Savoring the creative flow when it’s rushing through me
  • Taking time to appreciate exactly what I have
  • Celebrating each success

Sometimes the simple path to the art of losing yourself begins with rekindling the passion for what you love and then allowing yourself to fall back into its comforting arms once again.

Losing myself to what I love will take me back to my foundation. My foundation is a place of hope, faith and a reminder of the beautiful things that I have right now, and the things yet to come.

What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.

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  • Suzanne Grenager

    Amen to self-compassion! Without it, there is little possibilty of feeling compassion for others. We cannot give what we do not have. And David, you are so right, that to experience compassion, especially for ourselves, we have got to slow down, tune in and let the heart have its way with us.