Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
L is for…
- a person who leads a life of dreamy, indolent ease, indifferent to the busy world; daydreamer.
- Classical Greek Mythology. a member of a people whom Odysseus found existing in a state of languorous forgetfulness induced by their eating of the fruit of the legendary lotus; one of the lotophagi.
While much has been written about the narcotic effects of the Blue Lotus, actually a water lily highly prized in ancient Egyptian culture, there is very little current scientific evidence establishing the truth of those claims. But in any case, I’m not particularly interested in tying my exploration of lotus-eater to a drug-induced state.
Rather let’s consider it more broadly. How might our society, and therefore our lives, be different if we valued a slower, more dreamy approach to our days? Sometimes I stand back and look at how crazy we are as a collective – how it somehow has become a badge of honor to out-do each other in terms of how busy, how stressed, how eternally plugged in one is. Anxiety, adrenal fatigue, and chronic tiredness have been normalized and treated as simply the price we pay for living in this time.
I think we have to claim other choices. And frankly it’s up to us to do that. There aren’t systems in place to support those choices widely, and we all have to find our own dance with self-nurturing, deeply nourishing practices that fill us rather than drain us.
It’s my belief that one of the most effective ways to shift things is to understand the energy of what we’re seeking. Not in looking for a specific minutely-detailed outcome, but rather looking at what energy, what vibration, that which we wish to experience holds. So if you were to embrace the stance of a lotus-eater, what might that look like in your life? How could you allow some spaciousness, some expansion, some loosening of the ties that demand constant busyness, constant productivity, constant connection? What could you allow yourself to dream? What might more ease look like? How do you invite in more peace, more serenity, more quiety?
Can you for just a day, or just an hour, or perhaps just for a few moments imagine how you might navigate your life as a lotus-eater? Can you give yourself a little breathing-space, a little ease, a little softening? Can you allow yourself more room for being rather than doing?
Today, as a lotus-eater, I’m contemplating this wisdom from Rumi:
” I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.”
What about you? Are you ready to be a lotus-eater? What dreams are you holding? What grip can you loosen? What joy can you expand? Do tell – you know I love to hear.