How often are you running on "automatic"? We all rely on our ability to carry out basic tasks like driving a familiar route, while our minds are busy planning next steps or working out problems. With ever-mounting commitments and packed schedules, more and more of us are spending a great deal of our time in this automatic pilot mode.
But how long can we sustain this--our bodies engaged with actions in real time, while our minds flit from issue to issue--without creating a deep disconnect? In this splitting of our awareness, we may think we are simply being efficient. But the nervous system feels otherwise, and the energy system responds by rerouting power away from our Radiant Circuitry,
Like the meridians, the Radiant Circuits each carry out specific physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual tasks. But they also have a special, "on-call" status, that allows them to travel around the body when needed. The ability to feel joy in the present moment is one of their most brilliant contributions to our well-being.
But when we are too stressed, too desperately task-oriented, it is as if many of these energies have gone dormant. That's when whole chunks of our experience, of our world, begin to take on the character of mere "backdrops" to our to-do lists. If this dormant state persists, it can lead to a sense that life has become lackluster, too full of obligations that don't have enough meaning on their own to feed our soul.
This "backdrop syndrome" most often comes to my attention when I'm driving. If I have to remind myself to notice the surrounding landscape, it means my destination-orientation has taken over. The mind is out ahead of the body like a kite in a strong wind. As a child, I spent hours in woods and fields, immersed in the sights, smells, and sensations, along with my dog and pony companions. I even tried to maintain that connection to the land as a car passenger on long trips. Looking out the window, I imagined that I was on horseback, riding through whatever terrain we passed. These joyful interactions with nature--even the imagined parts--are Radiant Circuit activities, and boost those energies. Yes, adult responsibilities can dampen your spirits, but with intention and attention, you can re-awaken your Radiant Circuits.
Imagine a spectrum, with survival mode on one side, and joyful, radiant mode on the other. If you find yourself experiencing your surroundings, not as three dimensional, but only as a backdrop to whatever goal you are working toward, it's a sign you need to move the needle. The Radiant tracing exercise I demonstrate in the video below can help with that. So can a number of other fun approaches that I would be happy to share with you in my energy classes or in individual sessions.