Living In Its True Sense

Living In Its True Sense

August 25, 2019

A Philosophy of the Human Experience

Earthly Attachments

If there was so much to hold us down on earth, then we would maybe mention things like clothes, food, music, or even family – the things we assume we live for; work could be included too.

These things, we have come to believe, are at the cornerstone of our existence here, we carry them on our shoulders too easily and bask in their euphoria, this is what it does to us; it lures our subconsciousness from noticing our immediate environment, from inwardly living in it.

elephant statue of spiritual significance

But let’s pretend that these things aren’t existing and that it was just us, Earth things, existing in our humanly form - bereft of these extra things that have occupied our space in recent times. That we were simply just there, breathing.

The Illusion

To live, I have found, has been unjustly abused; where people go out to find what could be defined as fragments of life (the attachments of being whole or alive to the acquisition of material pleasures.)

You see people wake in between frantic yawns, move out in their harness – to find what they suppose makes life whole, most times forgetting themselves in the process. And of what meaning would it hold for us that in our bid to live, we forget ourselves, our core nature, what should have been our driving force to projecting our earthly purpose. 

To be reminded that there is more to our existence bereft of these earthly attachments will come off as a cliché, but what does it really mean? Is our existence therefore a mere gratification of material validations? And what does living have in common with our purpose?

Engagement of Our Whole Being

In a life cycle there is a remuneration bequeathed to all living things in regards to their earthly experiences. These experiences are largely found within our activities which would be in our actions and words and maybe, thoughts.

man sitting down at a grandiose temple

The first two activities are usually the products of our thoughts, the maturity of our thoughts. It is therefore very pertinent for us, in all our engagements, to be mindful and aware of the kind of thoughts we breed, the kind of wish we create.

These activities shape our experiences and our experiences are who we are, our reason for life. Living therefore could be seen in the light of the rightful engagement of our whole being (which entails being aware of our self) and it is in involving ourselves in creation that we can find ourselves.

Connectivity & Growth

There’s an African philosophy called Ubuntu, a Southern African Bantu term meaning ‘humanity’, and which has also been widely translated as “I am because we are,”. This inwardly states that there is no way for us to be human without other people, and in recent time I have also added ‘other living things bereft of humans.’ This means that it is invariably impossible to walk our paths alone, that therefore for our growth, we need other beings other than just ourselves.

Everything here is connected, our activities comes to life through encounters with other creatures (whether human beings, animals, trees etc.) who therefore form our experiences and subsequently helps us find ourselves. And only in our experiencing of life can we learn how to grow, how to become matured spirits.

We however cannot attract the right people or things for our growth if we do not live aright, if we fail in recognizing our present environment, in living in it. There is no right way to living other than this, the idea of living ascribed to material happiness is largely misleading, and when we are immersed in this customary behavior of unformed knowledge, it not only seeks to lead us astray, but also to stunt our growth.

woman standing in front of water holding up a white flag

Acceptance of the Present Moment

In the rightful attitude to living, there is also the honest acceptance of our life in whichever form we have found it. To be appreciative of life in all its goodness and chaos means to acknowledge our intuition, which is the bridging force that links our physical and spiritual self. If we can, in the right attitude come to terms with this, then our individual and maybe collective problems as earth beings are half solved, because then we can now truly recognize the meaning in our happiness and in our tribulations.

Living is a continual process and we cannot say we have lived only when we cease to exist, that is, when death occurs. For our journey here, we must find living in any given moment, in all situations. We must recognize that to be living is a privilege we have attracted for ourselves through our activities and hence must experience it, both outwardly and inwardly.

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Ifunanya Eveiah Madufor is a writer from Nigeria residing in a secluded area of Nsukka, where she constantly finds meaning in art. She is one who seeks love and consolation from transcendental musings, African literature and cinema. She hopes to find herself in stories and above all to be read.

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