Monday, April 30, 2012

l'existence : l'essence

so i have been vectoring in over the past five years or so on the core theme and driving design structure of my life.  this driving force, i've discovered, is the power of choice. one of my first revelations that the living creature called Choice could wholly change my reality came as a french major at the university studying existentialism.  existentialism gets a bad wrap with some folks.  it can be a scary thing to realize that we are our choices, that our whole experience is a choose your own adventure story.  i think it is important to remember that the power of choice is wielded moment by moment whether actively or passively, and as such, can behave as a central mindfulness awareness practice.
 'The proposition that existence precedes essence (French: l'existence précède l'essence) is a central claim of existentialism, which reverses the traditional philosophical view that the essence or nature of a thing is more fundamental and immutable than its existence. To existentialists, the human being—through their consciousness—creates their own values and determines a meaning for their life because, in the beginning, the human being does not possess any inherent identity or value. By posing the acts that constitute him or her, he or she makes their existence more significant.' (wikipedia)
embodying choice in a dynamic way is a changemaker. when you shift from "dealing with change" and "trying to make good choices" to living (or aiming to live) daily as an architect of your free will, detached from judgment, the chance to experience the harmony of 'flow' is significantly heightened.

“au milieu de l'hiver, j'ai découvert en moi un invincible été.”  - albert camus.


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