How we approach our health, fitness and wellness goals makes all the difference! With so much information available, we have to be positively skeptical by not believing everything we hear.
Nicolas Chamfort, French writer, best known for his witty epigrams and aphorisms said “Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.”
I couldn’t disagree more!
I believed he confused contemplation with a contemplative life in which no action was taken. This type of thinking is a product of the dualistic mind, which reads reality in terms of black-or-white, all-or-none and good-or-bad and has little capacity to understand or tolerate the tension of paradox, mystery and contradiction (which is almost all of life).
Richard Rohr so wonderfully and brilliantly acknowledges action’s role in contemplative living: “There’s nothing to contemplate if action has not been taken.”
The solution then, is to move towards balance, which moves us into the realm of non-dualism and centers on both/and thinking, an inclusive way of knowing that has the patience and maturity to hold the perfect and imperfect nature of people, places, things and concepts together.
This way of knowing realizes that both action and contemplation create transformation and the exclusion of either promotes stagnation, at best.
“Bringing a contemplative posture to a life of compassionate action allows courage to flow naturally and gently from a place of joy, inner strength and peace of mind.” Michael Rizk