“Find silence. Find solitude – and having discovered her riches, bind her to your heart.”*
‘But there is a consciousness here in the body. I have a feeling that consciousness and energy are the same thing somehow. Where you really see life energy, there’s consciousness.’**
Introversion and extroversion are not about shyness and outgoing-ness. They’re about where we prefer to go to in order to find our energy … and, as always, there’s an incredible spectrum.
Preference is an important word here because it underlines how this is about our choices, not some immutable programming.
Then there’s consciousness or awareness, the heightening of which does something amazing to and with our lives. Consciousness is not only about our heads but about being connected with our bodies – especially heart and gut:
‘Yes, your mind can tell left from right, but it cannot perceive invisible things such as love, eternity, fear, wholeness, mystery, or the Divine.’^
Developing consciousness takes us both inwards and outwards. This doesn’t take away our preferring of one over the other, it simply means we are developing our freedom to grow our awareness.
“For me, the journey is much more delightful if you can derive pleasure from the process every day, rather than at the end of the year.”^^
The bonus comes every day, not at the end of the year or maybe not at the end of the year.
(*Frances Roberts, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**Joseph Campbell in Jospeh Campbell and Bill Moyer’s The Power of Myth.)
(^From Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now.)
(^^Sebastian Thrun, quoted in 99U’s Make Your Mark.)