Deep Work

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 in Blog, Spiritual Practices, Work | 2 Comments

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Exploring the Depth can be hard work.

It does not require a lot of research, though preparation can be helpful. You do not need any special equipment. You do not need to go anywhere, so you do not need directions or a ticket. Actually, you do not need to buy anything.

Exploring the Depth can be hard work because we get in our own way.

We live in a world filled with Depth. We are surrounded by the Depth; saturated with color, alive with music, a feast of deep truths. Not only is Depth all around us, it fills us as well. We spend our lives on journeys of discovery, seeking the deep knowledge of our own true selves.

We often, though, do not dive in to explore the Depth. We are drawn to it, but we feel anxious. We recognize that the Depth is powerful. We find ways to pretend that we do not know the Depth is there.

We fill our lives with work and careers, with other people, with hobbies, with houses and cars, with things.

It is not that any of these are bad in themselves. They are just distractions we find to ease feeling intimidated. We fill our lives with all the things we have to do, so we can ignore the Depth.

The irony of our lives is that none of our distractions satisfy our desire for the Depth. We may feel a little better for a moment. The Depth still waits for us.

Exploring the Depth, coming to know it, takes work. Much of that work is learning to break through the wall of distractions we have built to protect ourselves from the power of the Depth.

What is distracting you from your own depth?

Would you like to explore?

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  1. James
    August 24, 2013

    Thank you Greg, very thought provoking.

    Can you provide an example of a breakthrough moment of discovery to the depth of your own life?

    How do you discover depth?

    • Strategic Monk
      August 24, 2013

      Thank you, James.

      Those are very good questions. Many of the moments in which I discover, or re-discover, the Depth in my life exist in a long line that stretches back over months or years. It is a long voyage, and each step leads to the next.

      I often am able to see depth in new ways when I take some time to reflect. I do that by taking walks and by consciously planning time for reflection into my schedule. I take time each day and each week, and plan a retreat for a few days each year. I visit the monastery to which I am connected and spend time listening to silence.

      I hope that helps.


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