It’s interesting that we’ve become a culture obsessed with zombies, considering there are so many people sleepwalking through life.
Being conscious takes time, dedication and effort. I know that when I dedicate time to doing my inner work I feel balanced and life flows more easily. But sometimes this little internal voice says I’m self absorbed, narcissistic and spending too much time on myself.
Yet, when I don’t do the inner work, I really DO become self absorbed and narcissistic because I start thinking like a crazy person and spending way too much time in my head.
I’ve learned the hard way that it is good investment of time and energy for me to do my inner work. And the people around me benefit from it too, because when I’m not nuts, I’m a much better resource for them.
Carl Jung says “The reason why consciousness exists, and why there is an urge to widen and deepen it, is very simple: without consciousness things go less well.”
Don’t be a zombie. Get out the journal. Meditate. Work with your dreams. Do a little art work. Go for a solo hike. Just do something that acknowledges your inner life and give it a bit of attention. We already have enough zombies in the world.