As we continue our conversation with blog author Tim Coats, we explore the heart of his reflections on increasing joy in everyday living with a deeper look at what it means to lead a well-lived life. In a word, it’s joy; but the pathway to that joy is a life with meaning, which involves real connection with people, with nature, and with spirit. Meaning and connection are the guideposts to a joy that transcends circumstance.
Central to a meaningful life is a connection with spirit, which encompasses more than religious practices to include the intangible quality which is created and exists between people. People who are joyful despite traumatic life circumstances have that spirit.
The journey of finding meaning is a question that ultimately asks where and how deeply do we connect? And connection to a large degree requires awareness, the basic facility of being aware that we are aware. The more we develop that awareness, that presence, the more that real connections begin to emerge.
The conversation leads Tim and Aviv to look at the practices that can help achieve a balanced life of body, mind and spirit.
As we develop awareness, whether it's through a sitting practice, or through communing with nature; whether it's through just catching ourselves in the moment, the more we develop that awareness, the more we develop that presence, the more connections begin to emerge. And, suddenly, life isn't about me - it has become increasingly about we.