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La Búsqueda del Formidable

The English version of this post—The Pursuit of Awesomeness—was posted here on January 1, 2017. This spanish translation is my own and may contain errors. I invite native speakers of the language to comment on my errors and to suggest corrections. Aquí está una traducción en español de The Pursuit of Awesomeness. Me gustaría que hispanohablantes quienes leen mis traducciones, por favor, me permitieran saber mis errores y sugirieran enmiendas.

En hoy día, uno de las palabras más sobreutilizadas en el idioma inglés es “awesome.” (En español, no hay uno sola palabra para traducir awesome. Significa estupendo, impresionante, formidable, asombroso. Yo voy a elegir “formidable” como el más cercano.) Parece que cualquiera vieja cosa rutinaria pueda estar formidable. Solemos decir “eso es formidable” para expresar nuestro gratitud o delicia cuando “gracias” parece demasiado íntimo or “eso es bueno” parece demasiado insincero. Pero poner “formidable” en servicio del ordinario merma nuestras sensibilidades y nuestra habilidad para sentir y expresar nuestro reacción a lo que es verdadero impresionante.

En mi própia vida, las verdaderamente formidables experiencias han estado momentos cuando yo he encontrado alguna cosa de insuperada belleza. Para mí, los fuentes del formidable se han encontrado con más frecuencia en naturaleza, en los artes o en música. Algunas cosas simplemente me llenan con asombro, pero son los extraordinarios, los sorprendentes, los excepcionales. Las cosas rutinarias no pueden ser formidable.

El sentimiento del formidable es una reacción a experiencias que son magníficas or poderosas en alguna manera. Es el sentimiento de estar delante de algo vasto que supera nuestro ordinario entendimiento del mundo. En el formidable, nosotros sienten algo misterioso que es más grande que nosotros mismos, y lo que es formidable es de algún modo espiritual o aún sagrado para nosotros.

El formidable nos puede provocar a estamos más atentos a los otros y actuar en maneras más colaborativas. Nos puede ayudar a sobrellevar con el estrés por promover curiosidad y exploración, más que retirada y aislamiento.

Cuando estamos deslumbrado por el formidable, disminuye nuestro sentimiento de importancia personal. Cotidianas preocupaciones parecen pequeñas y insignificantes por comparación. Sentimos una conección con algo más grande que nosotros mismos.

Somos conectados al formidable porque somos sus testigos. Nuestra reacción emocional a ella es el formidable.

En el instante del asombro por el formidable, el tiempo crece más grande sin parece a pasar a todos. De hecho, tiempo parece a pararse. Estamos en el momento, y el momento está intemporal. Asombro por el formidable no nos da más tiempo, pero puede hacer el tiempo que tenemos parezca más grande. La ampliación de tiempo por el formidable hace nuestras vidas más llenas, y nuestros asignados años también parecen más largos. Y lo más a menudo experimentamos el formidable, más mejor, más satisfactoria vida se vuelve. El formidable nos levanta el ánimo, y no podemos conseguir bastante de él.

La búsqueda del formidable es tan inalienable como la búsqueda de felicidad. Pero algunas personas, investigación sugere, puedo estar más propenso a sentir el formidable. Personas quienes estan incómodas para cambian sus percepción de la manera el mundo funciona pueden estar menos capaz de experimentar el formidable. Para experimentar el verdaderamente formidable está ser abrumado, estar arrojado fuera de equilibrio por algo que simplemente no cabe el molde.

Es improbable que usted va a experimentar el formidable si ha convencido a usted mismo que usted ha visto todo, ha estado allí y hecho eso. Usted no responderá con asombro del formidable si simplemente usted no está tan interesado en el inesperado porque usted está tan seguro que sabe todo que hay.

Mi resolución del año nuevo es hacer  yo mismo más propenso a sentir el formidable. Este año, debo recordar a mí mismo no ser fijo en mis maneras y aventurarse más allá de las seguras fronteras de equilibrio.

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An Expression of Spirituality

I have been wondering about spirituality and whether having a spiritual life—the way one might have a social life or a love life—would be helpful in learning to live optimally.

There are, according to a pair of experts, more a thousand “spiritual practices,” any one of which might put me on the path to realization of my own spirituality and accomplishment of a spiritual life, but what is spirituality?

The George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health describes spirituality as: “the dimension of a person that seeks to find meaning in his or her life.”

The Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota describes spirituality as “a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves.” Spirituality “involves a search for meaning in life.”

Although spirituality may be broadly defined as a search for meaning, its expression—what it means to be spiritual—is both personal and transitory. “Like your sense of purpose, your personal definition of spirituality may change throughout your life, adapting to your own experiences and relationships.”

Your personal expression of spirituality may emerge through the embrace of a religious community or through a meditative sense of connection with a higher power. You may perceive spiritual meaning in art or nature. These categories of experience are not mutually exclusive.

In an essay, A Problem with Spirituality, Tim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America, tells us that the “basis of spirituality” is unity: “all move­ment in the direction of a deeper experience of one­ness can be called spiritual.” Boyd defines spirituality as “not merely a balm for the individual soul or a feeling of peace and harmony.” Spirituality “exceeds the individual.” Our role, he says, is to nurture and provide the conditions for the seeds of compassion, kindness and responsibility to grow and “ultimately yield the fruits of the spiritual life.”

Maybe this simply means that compassion, kindness and responsibility are expressions of spirituality. Nurturing these qualities in our daily life may “yield the fruits” of spirituality: connection to “something bigger,” unity and meaning.

Boyd observed that it has become common for people to say “I am spiritual, but not religious,” but the problem is that the meaning of the word “spiritual” is often unclear.  The Center for Spirituality & Healing notes, however, that spirituality is a broader concept than religion: “Religion and spirituality are not the same thing, nor are they entirely distinct from one another.”

Psychology Today reported a study by British researchers finding “that people who consider themselves spiritual but not religious are more likely to have a mental disorder compared to conventionally religious people and to those who are neither religious nor spiritual.”

I am not “conventionally religious,” whatever that means, and, if the British study is to be believed, I should avoid having a spiritual life at all for the sake of my mental well-being. Fortunately though, I am not British.

It seems quite possible to me to have a non-religious spirituality. Religion, I think, is a form of expression. Many people find religion to be nurturing and comforting, but the tribalism of religion makes me uncomfortable and I am not drawn to it. If an expression of spirituality is vital to an optimal life, then I must find my own form, an expression that feels genuine and gives me sustenance and at the same time, an expression that connects me to something larger than myself.

I have not found that expression. Maybe I never will, and maybe, for me, that is the point. Like optimal living, spirituality for me is a fluid process, not an accomplishment. It is a spirituality not freighted with solemnity. It is the motivation behind appreciation, generosity and finding humor in life. My expression of spirituality must in some way acknowledge my pursuit of awesomeness, my capacity for enjoyment and my thirst for wonder and adventure.

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