Six Questions Worth Asking

“If you were to die right now, how would you feel about your life?”   —Fight Club

How would you feel about your life if you were die while reading this sentence?  Would you feel sad or angry?  Would you feel like you squandered your precious days on superfluous, superficial things?  Or would you feel content, that you died living as how you were designed?  Let’s be real; we have all wasted time.  Everyone has had those moments of trial and frustration where we know that things should be different.  Take stock of your life—everything up until this moment—how do you feel?  Relax.  If you feel dissatisfied then you are not alone—actually, if anything this makes you human.  You can change your life right now!  You can take the present moment to start something that you have always dreamed of doing.   Don’t have any dreams?  Well let me ask you…

What makes you curious? 

What makes your brain tick?  What are you excited to talk about?  If you could learn about anything, what would it be?   Curiosity is fascinating—it is childlike, and contains a real wonder.  As we grow our sense of curiosity starts to diminish and gets replaced by practical, pragmatic thoughts.  Kids however, are constantly curious.  Their life is about learning, about flipping over that rock, and climbing that tree.   Allow your thoughts to wander, and be mindful of those thoughts.  Still having trouble being curious and dreaming big?  Well let me ask you…

“What if money was no object?”   —Alan Watts

What would you do if you weren’t bound to pay bills, pay rent, or pay for food?  For most of us, this is not a reality, however it is a question worth asking.    This question removes financial restriction and eliminates the fear of becoming broke and falling flat on your ass.  This questions allows you to think big, to dream big, and to feel your capacity for abundance .  Think about what you want.  It does not matter if millions are doing the same.  Do something with love and passion and you will feel fulfilled.  Dedicate yourself to your craft and you will master it.  When faith aligns with purpose, the universe will provide.  Your capabilities like the universe are inherently infinite.  Still struggling to sort your thoughts out?  Well let me ask you…

Do you spend time by yourself?

Are you constantly surrounded by people or connected to the world via social media?  Or do you make time during your day or week to unplug and spend time by yourself?  I am huge advocate of time spent solo, and of silence and stillness.  Being by yourself forces you to confront you!  By being alone—and being unplugged from your phone or the internet—you are practicing self-acceptance.  Self-acceptance teaches you to love and trust yourself.  Being still and being with yourself allows for time to think and reflect; to listen to that inner voice and to hear your curiosities.  Practising self-acceptance is the greatest gift you can give yourself, and you can have it now.  Peace, happiness, joy, gratitude and love are always with you, take some time to listen to it.  Is your brain still bogged down and having trouble focusing?  Well let me ask you…

Are you maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle?

Do you have high or low energy?  Are your sleeps restful or restless?  Are your thoughts clear like a pristine lake or mucky and muddy like a swamp?  If you are serious about unlocking your true potential then eating plant-based, whole-foods and exercising will help.  Food has the ability to heal, and to reverse many common illnesses and diseases that plague people unnecessarily.  Exercise can make us feel younger and stronger; our bodies are decaying—exercise is preservation.  I get it; it is not always easy to find time to cook or go for a run.  However, there are simple things you can do to make it easier.  Eliminate “junk foods” from your house and replace them with fruits and vegetables.  Try cycling to work—you might actually get there quicker.  Order a salad instead of a burger .  Walk to the grocery store instead of driving.  Your health is paramount; it is directly correlated to everything you do.    Would you rather pay for pills or plants?  Would you rather participate or watch?  Would you rather have a bowl of lentil soup or a heart attack?  Take some time to really think about it, I mean really think about it.  So, now let me ask you…

“What do you really want?”  —Ten Lessons From The Road by Alastair Humphreys 

What do you really want from your life?  What do you want your day and weeks to be like?  Who do you want to be and what do want to do?  This question was nagging me for a long time, and for a long time I did not have an answer, until I addressed the five previous questions.  So, what do you really want?  Remember this is all about you.  This is your life, and you are the master of your own destiny.  You have always had, and will always have everything you need to live your life fully.  All your dreams, passion, and talents are with you, inside of you—let them out, the world is waiting.

Jason ManningComment