The Importance of Living Deliberately
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately."
Henry David Thoreau
Living with conscious deliberation is one of the most radical things we can do in the modern world. Although society would try to make us passive to its world view and aims, living deliberately means recovering our own agency and acting from our inmost center. It means deciding when we will imbibe the news, and how often we will leave our phone on airplane mode. It entails developing a rule of life that includes time set aside each day for solitude, meditation, prayer, reading and journalling. It means spending quality time immersed in the beauty of Nature. And it involves perpetually asking cosmic questions like "Why am I here on Earth?" "How do I develop a deeper attitude of awe and wonder?" and "What is divine union?" In the final analysis, living deliberately brings a sense of tranquillity, freedom and happiness like nothing else can.
Photo: Ruddy peak and aspen trees, Maroon Lake, Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness, CO, September 27, 2015
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.