What does it mean to have a human experience? Is that not what we are in the process of doing now, as we go through each of our days living on this planet? Possibly. But I believe it goes beyond that.
To me, the Human Experience is about being fully engaged with the people around us and the beautiful surroundings that this planet offers us. It is about going through our day, using all of our senses, including the 6th one, and experiencing life through a sensory lens. This is living fully.
Somewhere along the way we have forgotten to pay attention. We have forgotten how much beauty surrounds us each day: what pleasures lie in the simple things such as the fragrance of a flower, the softness of a pillow or the beauty of a song or work of art. Instead we spend most of our time rushing around trying to be as busy as possible, spending hours on unfulfilling tasks because that is what society expects of us, losing ourselves in the worry of the past or the preoccupation of getting to the future. But what of the journey in between? When was the last time you actually tasted what you were eating? Or stopped to admire the beauty of a flower or the smile on a child’s face? When did you last listen to a breathtaking piece of music that embraced your soul?
I don’t know about you, but this makes me depressed. That is a picture of a very drab world indeed. We have lost touch with some of the most wonderful gifts given to us as human beings and instead turned to the life of a robot. We don’t feel, we don’t taste…we don’t experience. We just exist.
But what if we could change all of that? What if we could wake up in the morning and all of a sudden the world around us was in technicolour? Take ourselves off of fast forward and stop to fully feel the richness and decadence of a piece of chocolate, or taste the fruits and velvety smoothness in our favourite wine? Feel the freedom of the wind on our face as we race down the freeway with the radio blaring, see the beauty of the varying shades of the sunset and its light touching the horizon? What if we ignited all of our senses, living each day engaged and awakened to the beauty around us?
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt
That to me is the essence of The Human Experience. Someone once quoted (and I can’t remember who now so forgive me for not giving credit where credit is due} “ we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” I couldn’t agree more. We live on one of the most beautiful planets in the galaxy (that we know of at least), and surrounded by beauty at every turn. That is a gift. And we take it for granted. We are a combination of physical and spiritual, with the ability to sense things with the unique abilities of the human body while still remaining connected to the soul that is our essence. This is a rare gift and we were given this time on this planet to enjoy it. Yet most of us have forgotten.
But it is never too late. Never too late to shed the robot layer and feel alive again. To live fully as the human and spiritual beings that we truly are. To enjoy the beautiful planet that we live on and the constant gifts it bestows upon us. To stop existing and begin to fully live. And every day we wake up, we have the choice as to which one we want to play out. Which choice will you make today?