Questions and Reflections

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Zaadz, the finest social networking site with a purpose, has started a wonderful daily prompt about the things that matter most in our lives.

Every day, we offer an inquiry designed to push you to think deeply about those things that matter most. We’ll encourage you to continue to discover and follow your calling, to explore and connect with yourself, to envision and attain your goals, and to craft, passionately, your own extraordinary and unique life.

It’s a lofty ideal, but we couldn’t expect anything less from a site that has a mission to change the world. The prompts are inspiring and give plenty of room to navigate our own thoughts through. I’m hoping to keep doing the prompts as often as I can.

I didn’t manage to start when the project began on the 21st, so I’ll play catchup here.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
I would take bold actions without worrying about finances. My biggest fear is losing financial stability. It prevents me from doing many things I would if it was not a concern for me. If I didn’t worry about this I’d be free to be the nomadic writer-mystic I’ve always felt called to be. Within the fear is a very real danger of being paralyzed by poverty, but I still need to start taking some more daring steps if I want to live as I wish.

What’s your dream job? Describe it.
My three greatest passions are writing, mysticism and travel, so my ideal job has to include those. Being the nomadic writer-mystic I wrote of in my last response doesn’t have too many job listings that fit, though. Making a living writing would be the closest to my ideal job I’ll find in reality, but Zaadz is infected with idealism, so I’ll stick with that. I couldn’t imagine a better life than this: traveling the world, studying with teachers as I did and then blogging about it with clarity, living on sponsorships of the site.

What is one book that has changed your life? How?
The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development was the one. Like a lot of folks at Zaadz, reading Ken Wilber for the first time was a milestone that irrevocably changed me. Coming out of a postmodern period that had left me in a bit of a bleak spot, his integral works were refreshing and gave me more hope than I could put into words. While his whole body of work has been invaluable to me, and his later books better written, I still look back at the first reading of The Atman Project as a pivotal moment in my life.

What are your top ten goals for the year?

  1. Shed possessions, so that I can have everything I own fit into the trunk of a car.
  2. Create a location-independent income source.
  3. Finalize a long-term structure for my Integral Life Practice.
  4. Socialize more frequently.
  5. Read every book I have in paper.
  6. Speak a second language or three (French, Spanish, Arabic).
  7. Find a meditation teacher.
  8. Enliven my circle of friends.
  9. Reinvent my wardrobe.
  10. Become tattooed.

8 comments on “Questions and Reflections

  1. I really enjoyed this post, it is one of the most thought provoking ones that you have written (which is saying something when a lot of your entries are thouht provoking).

    If you want to socialise more than you will enjoy the super saturdays that Sarah and I are planning. Every Saturday will involve chocolate cake and an adventure. There is an open invitation for all our friends who want to do something random with us.

  2. I really enjoyed this post, it is one of the most thought provoking ones that you have written (which is saying something when a lot of your entries are thouht provoking).

    If you want to socialise more than you will enjoy the super saturdays that Sarah and I are planning. Every Saturday will involve chocolate cake and an adventure. There is an open invitation for all our friends who want to do something random with us.

  3. Oh, Apollo. I'm so glad you were able to 'play catch-up' here. You've got some excellent responses; I love your goals. (And for the record, I have no doubt you'll reach your dream of writing for a living. You've obvious talent and I can't imagine you won't be successful.)

    The Atman Project was my first of Wilber's books, too, and I feel much the same way. 🙂

  4. Jennifer, I'm glad you've discovered Zaadz. It's a wonderful site.

    Thank you, Sonia. I'm excited about everything going on over at Zaadz; you are creating an overwhelmingly brilliant place.

  5. Oh, Apollo. I'm so glad you were able to 'play catch-up' here. You've got some excellent responses; I love your goals. (And for the record, I have no doubt you'll reach your dream of writing for a living. You've obvious talent and I can't imagine you won't be successful.)

    The Atman Project was my first of Wilber's books, too, and I feel much the same way. 🙂

  6. Jennifer, I'm glad you've discovered Zaadz. It's a wonderful site.

    Thank you, Sonia. I'm excited about everything going on over at Zaadz; you are creating an overwhelmingly brilliant place.

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