Sunday, December 28, 2008

Nervous Energy

Two week holiday in winter, I'm sitting in a room in Barnet, Vermont, light rain, snow melting. Relax, recover from the madness of work. A lot of nervous energy from the job goes into the nervous system; competitiveness, nasty gossip, back-stabbing, insults and discouragement. It takes time to recover and feel human again. For the first time in weeks, I'm able to sleep through the night. For weeks, the stress of work invaded my dreams, woke me in a sweat, caused me to toss and turn.

Everybody's gotta work. You'll meet the same characters, no matter where you go. They're archetypes, the one who craves power and tries to get people to conform to his or her opinions, the one who sides with the boss as a way of attacking colleagues, the one who can barely conceal his or her negative opinion of you, the one who feels that he has to be rude and aggressive, otherwise people will screw him over, the evangelist who wants you to join his or her cause, because he or she knows what is best for everyone. It's exhausting to stand up to these archetypes every day.

Of course, the less I'm attached to ego, the easier it would be. Ego responds to a situation with a whole bunch of thoughts and feelings. Nervous energy builds. It goes into the muscles and bones. There's a feeling of being attacked. Nothing is secure. An unpleasant surprise could wipe out security.

Work is part of the human condition. Don't be upset by the senseless squabbling. Drop the whole ball of thought and relate to whatever is happening. That's my aspiration, to see ego for what it is and then to let go. Without ego, what would happen to the nervous energy? That kind of energy can only happen when one hangs on tight to opinion, belief, hope and fear. I aspire to let go, to step outside the mental prison and stop clinging to ego-games, self-deception, hypocrisy, aggression, greed, insatiable hunger.

1 comment:

Sheilanagig said...

Hmmm.... a very interesting mind you have. I see a point in what you are saying and agree that negative energy does build up and take over.

I am not so sure about the ego stuff: in my mind, ego should not just be an individual concern about self in a bubble...but rather the relationships we have with others and self. Our survival together rather than threats to the self.

I suppose it is almost impossible to eliminate the latter. But I like the way you are dealing with them.

I don't see the concept of compassion mentioned often in today's spirituality. Compassion would of course disrupt one's peace of mind in the current mess we have created.

Compassion does not always bring tranquility tho. Many times it brings internal explosions, that are not pleasant.

Yet it is desirable? Is it not?

Thanks for your blog...I like your fresh style.

Good luck