What are you waiting for?

by Alicia Dattner on November 30, 2011

“When I find my man, my life is going to be so perfect.” None of us says this out loud, right?

Unless we’re making fun of some desperate chick who actually thinks that. But addiction to love works subtly and powerfully. It can be occurring to us right under our noses, without us even realizing it.

One of the many subtle aspects we may experience is kind of silent waiting. Waiting for someone to call or email. Waiting to make plans, small or big. Waiting for our lives to begin. Waiting to blossom. It may not strike you that you’ve been waiting until you begin to look deeper.

The purpose of identifying this addiction is to bring to awareness the subtle ways that we are not living life as fully as we possibly can. Krishna Das, a great teacher of kirtan (devotional, heart-opening singing), says, “We do this practice so we can be alive while we’re alive.” Right? Be here now!

I invite you now to write your bucket list. What would you do this week if you were about to die? What have you been putting off? Long-term or short term? Just list five things and put them on an altar or a refridgerator. You don’t even have to do them. Just allow your desire to start percolating.

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