Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What is Under the Chaos? Guest Post by Jackie Woodside, Author of Calming the Chaos

What is Under the Chaos?

          I am passionate about life – it’s depth and richness and complexity and joy. I love thinking about life and feeling the rhythms of nature and my own body. I love watching my son grow and explore all that life brings to him with each passing year. My curiosity and enjoyment of being a human being feels truly endless.

          One of the themes of my book, Calming the Chaos, is that our culture is so driven to stay busy that there must be something underneath that driven frenzy. Take for example that the most highly prescribed medication in our culture is an antipsychotic drug used to treat depression, or the fact that we are the most overweight, over medicated, addicted generation in history.

          What lies underneath our malaise? I believe it is a profound lack of meaning in life.

          We are a culture that is saturated with material goods but devoid of depth of meaning. Rather than sort out who we are, what we want and what we are here to experience; we lose ourselves in endless hours at the office, a night on the town, a night in front of the television or computer, or worse…

          We have everything we need except for what fills our heart and soul. The time has come to delve deeper into the richness of life by slowing down and orchestrating our lives around what matters not to our pocketbook or portfolio, but to our very being.

          Calm the chaos. The quality of your life depends on it.

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