Being grounded in who you are

Maria Popova is one of my favorite writers  She doesn’t try to make her blog Brainpickings into anything it’s not – she simply writes about what she loves and is amazing at it.  The subject matter ranges from literature, philosophy, and art to history and typography.  The excerpt below is from an interview with 99u and I feel it really exemplifies her thoughts on how to live well.

We have to be in love with the reality of our lives, because if we’re not then who are we and whose life are we living?  We have to be present and grounded in who we are in order to be happy.  Yoga doesn’t always have to be called yoga.  It can be found anywhere, and I love that.

In an interview that you did with “The Great Discontent” in 2012, you said that you thought that, “You needed to be in love with the reality of your own life in order to produce beautiful, meaningful, and intelligent things creatively.” What did you mean by that?

Basically, it’s this notion that if you are not grounded in who you are—which includes what you love, what makes your heart sing, what makes you get up in the morning and be excited, and what makes you go to bed at night and be satisfied and fulfilled—if you are not rooted in the things that move you, then you’re not really going to be able to produce things that are meaningful. You’re just simulating what it is like to be a person who feels those things, right?

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