This first weekend in April is a long one. I like many brought up in Christianity will reflect on the spiritual meaning of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. More than anything else, many can relate to Easter as symbolizing a time of renewal.
What comes to mind for me at this time of year is the word “praxis”. Its origin, I am told, is theological. It means to reflect and then to take action. That is to say, to reflect on your life and to take a reading of where you are at today. In order to take an appropriate reading, you need to acknowledge what is working and what is not working in your life right now. Once you have that clear then it is listing in priority of angst what needs to change to live in a more fulfilling manner.
Life is so much more complex today than it was 50 years ago. We are in the informational age and the average person takes in more information in one day than his/her ancestors in the early 1900’s took in during their entire lifetime. Today, many people are in informational overload, they get stuck because there is too much information to sift through and process.
Not taking action on pressing issues or ignoring the issues results in anxiety, anger, depression which eventually seeps into other areas of your life.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I help many of my counselling clients understand the theory behind the word “praxis”. I conduct a full and comprehensive assessment with my clients; which gives them (and me…) a good understanding ( reading) of where they are at. And, I help them prioritize the actions that need to take place.
Think about taking time to engage in some ‘praxis’ this Easter weekend.
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