What is insight, and what is energy?
In my experience, these two words are a representation of the two primary aspects of human nature and human activity.
Human nature can be looked at from the viewpoint of “being”, or from the viewpoint of “doing”. The nature of that perceived duality, and how they interact, is a valuable topic to look at more closely. The interaction of awareness and action determines how we feel in our minds, the quality of our relationships, and our success in the workplace.
Are the two sides of a coin separate, or are they aspects of a single coin?
Strong insight naturally leads to expression of one’s human nature, while fully energized expression of one’s human nature in one’s thoughts and actions, and in relationships, leads to insight through deepening of experience. The two sides are one coin. Or, one coin has two sides.
Are you too quiet and introspective?
In life, if we focus only on insight, trying to know ourselves fully, but avoid finding a way to express the unfolding insight, we hit a wall. We can experience transient moments of seemingly great insight, but those moments do not have staying power in the real world of interactions with other people, and under the stress of the daily life most of us lead. Too much quiet and self-protection can lead to feelings of isolation and depression.
Are you too active (even for good reasons)?
If on the other hand, we focus only on energy, and allow ourselves to be addicted to our daily goals and activities, even when doing “good deeds”, we can easily lose our own inner sense of peace. The physical world and our actions in it do not nourish our being unless we find a way to connect to our deeper self—our insight—while in action. Too much action without connecting with one’s deeply felt experience can lead to feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.
Where is the balance?
When we walk, is it the left leg or the right leg that is walking? When we drive, is it the left wheels that are turning, or the right wheels?
We can only walk or drive when both legs are walking or all wheels are spinning.
In fact, we are walking as a whole person; we have one brain that manages all of it. For a vehicle, the engine moves the whole vehicle and all wheels are engaged. Similarly, we can live as a whole human being with our insight and energy working together for a better life. Living in harmony within ourselves leads to a sense of well-being, better relationships, and more success in daily life.
Finishing the thought…
In the next few posts, topics will include:
- Understanding and using communication for better results in the workplace and at home
- Why work / life balance is not the answer, but is part of a bigger answer
- The psychology and real-world principles of how we create our own experiences and successes in life
Meanwhile, I look forward to any thoughts and reflections you have on this discussion of insight and energy. Talk to you soon!