Awaken: It’s Never Too Soon!

Stop bullshitting!

Kathleen Taylor finishes here TEDx talk with the following exhortation:

Discover and express your amazing uniqueness in the world. Stop bullshitting

Why does Kathleen say this? Because she has learned from spending time working with-counselling the dying.

What can we learn from Kathleen?

Dying people teach us that it is never too late to shed what’s false and to become who we truly are.

Do you and I have to wait until our last days to live authentically?

But I’d like to hope that it is never too soon… So here is the challenge …. let’s don’t wait until we are at the end of our lives to find out who we really are.

Have your ever found yourself thinking about the purpose of your life? Wrong Question!

Have you every been confronted with this question: “What is my life about? What am I supposed to be doing with my life?” This question is one that I continue to grapple with. And this is what Kathleen has good news for me:

I think that is the wrong question.

I actually think the better question is “Who am I being with my life?”

What is the relationship between being and doing?

There is an intersect between doing and being. But, I’m pretty sure that being comes first.

And what you are supposed to be doing with your life will flow from who you truly are. You really can’t screw that up if you do it that way.

Why bother with living authentically? Why not just fit in and go with the flow?

Action, and creativity, and innovation that comes from true authenticity is what moves the world forward. And it has the lovely side effect …. of creating joy.

Awaken to the preciousness of time! be authentic, stop bullshitting

Living is the process of dying. Please read that again: living is the process of dying. This is what you and I are almost never present to. Yet, this is not true for those who are dying:

It ends up that some of the purpose of facing your mortality is to look back on the body of work of your life and develop a deep sense of self. And really, to finally awaken to the preciousness of time.

This brings us back to Kathleen’s exhortation:

Discover and express your amazing uniqueness in the world. Stop bullshitting

Here is Kathleen’s TEDx talk

By now you may be in a place where you actually want to see-hear-experience Kathleen’s TEDx talk. Here it is, enjoy!

Author: Maz Iqbal

Experienced management consultant working at the intersection of strategy, customer, and technology. Combine a tendency to think strategically with a penchant for getting my hands dirty at the coalface of implementation.

7 thoughts on “Awaken: It’s Never Too Soon!”

  1. Action, and creativity, and innovation that comes from true authenticity is what moves the world forward. And it has the lovely side effect …. of creating joy. ~ Your blog Maz, is the prefect example of flowing from being, true Authenticity being expressed in the most simple & gracious way, a gift to the world of your amazing uniqueness expressed. A Perfect example of what such an expression manifest, looks like.

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  2. “At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey.”
    ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

    “The journey is the treasure.”
    ― Lloyd Alexander

    “Sometimes you don’t know when you’re taking the first step through a door until you’re already inside.”
    ― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

    “Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey.”
    ― Jack Layton

    “Every journey conceals another journey within its lines: the path not taken and the forgotten angle.”
    ― Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry

    “Every day is a journey filled with twists and turns. Every day, if you smile, you will feel alive, my son.”
    ― Santosh Kalwar

    “We’ve been focusing so much on getting there that we haven’t been enjoying the ride”
    ― Elizabeth Eulberg, Take a Bow

    “How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.”
    ― Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

    “I knew then that I wanted to go home, but I had no home to go to–and that is what adventures are all about.”
    ― Trina Schart Hyman, Self Portrait, Trina Schart Hyman

    “What you’re missing is that the path itself changes you.”
    ― Julien Smith, The Flinch

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  3. “I stopped hating and started just being. My whole life, I had been the most defensive person you’d meet, unable to tolerate any criticism. But now I started listening and being.”
    ― Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue

    “Zen is a liberation from time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality.”
    ― Alan Wilson Watts

    “Being is seeing in the human dimension.”
    ― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    “Are you doing life or are you living?”
    ― Dale Forehand

    “Paradise is a state of being, more than just the name of a suburb or a home.”
    ― Raquel Cepeda, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina

    “I love, because my love is not dependent on the object of love. My love is dependent on my state of being. So whether the other person changes, becomes different, friend turns into a foe, does not matter, because my love was never dependent on the other person. My love is my state of being. I simply love.”
    ― Osho

    “There comes a time in each life like a point of fulcrum. At that time you must accept yourself. It is not any more what you will become. It is what you are and always will be. You are too young to know this. You are still becoming. Not being.”
    ― John Fowles, The Magus

    “Living, there is no happiness in that. Living: carrying one’s painful self through the world.
    But being, being is happiness. Being: Becoming a fountain, a fountain on which the universe falls like warm rain.”
    ― Milan Kundera, Immortality

    “Be — don’t try to become”
    ― Osho

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    1. Hello Gautam,

      What a fantastic gift that you have brought to this conversation. What great quotes and insight into being and he human condition!

      With my love
      Maz

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  4. I want to talk to you about contracts. The very word is misunderstood. Do you feel you have a spiritual contract to do something on Earth? Some of you will arrive on the planet and will think, “I am here doing what I’m supposed to be doing in this city because it is my contract.” So while you are seemingly fulfilling your contract, what do you do when another person comes along with a better offer but you have to move to another city? It might be a spiritual offer, placing you in a far better place to help people. Oh no! Here is a big puzzle. What happens with your spiritual contract?

    Part of you pulls in the direction of, “I must stay here and do what I came for.” The other part of you is torn with indecision. Finally, you bolster yourself and say, “My contract is that I must stay here and do my work. No matter what, I will fulfill my contract with God.”

    Let me give you a word to remember – nonsense! Your contract is in invisible ink! Listen, old soul: Every single day of your life has a rewritable spiritual path. Did you know that? This is the essence of co-creation. The only contract you have is to be here, and it is being fulfilled as you read this. So pick up the spiritual pen and write what you need every day. If synchronicity comes along and sweeps you into another area, view it for what it is – it’s what you asked for! Feel the truth of it as it occurs. Go with your intuitive feeling and write a new contract for the day, which can disappear tomorrow as you rewrite it into something even better. ~ kryon.com/CHAN%202013/k_channel13_alberta.html ( Insight to further understand)

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  5. When I practiced Meditation and yoga, what I had in mind was to get somewhere. I considered meditation and yoga to be a path I was on, and if I practiced enough, I believed I would get to the end of that path which I believed would be a better place than where I was. From participating in Werner’s work (est now landmark education today) people get clear This Is It! There’s no place to get to. You are already here. The train has already reached the station. So rather than practicing meditation and yoga all the while trying to get somewhere else, I practiced meditation and yoga while practicing meditation and yoga. This is a contextual shift.~ Laurence Platt (distinction – flowing from being comes first)

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