The Greatest Art

I watched The Greatest Showman at last today. PT Barnum apparently said that the greatest art is that of making others happy. I disagree.

I think that the greatest art is that of making oneself happy.

I have felt restless today – not totally happy. As if I’m waiting for something – some new adventure, some great miracle. Something book-worthy maybe.

Anita Moorjani (Dying to Be Me) says that being spiritual is the same as being totally, authentically oneself – because that is what spiritual really is about. And so – these days when I crave something more, something deeper and more spiritually significant perhaps – I know they are signals for me to come back to me.

Erich Fromm (psychologist, philosopher and many other things too) wrote that it is in the empty spaces inside us – the wounds if you like – that the light may get in. In this internal emptiness, we may, if we are brave enough to lean into it, he says, discover our true nature – beyond ego, beyond body – pure consciousness. Because consciousness exists in the spaces. Light may be found in the spaces.

And so, now, in the quiet of the evening, I lean into my empty space. I would like a sudden and dramatic moment of Enlightenment I think – Ekhart Tolle-style maybe – where, in an instant, self and life will never be the same again.

But – other than some superficial gesture such as shaving my already very short hair all off – I don’t think I’m going to be able to manufacture this one.

But then I remember compassion. And I think that restless is simply a feeling. As if something is a bit stuck. Which really – right now – I know it is. (I wouldn’t be sick at all if it wasn’t). So not only is the feeling justifiable, but I remember I’m not doing judgement of feelings anymore.

And, in almost an instant, restlessness turns to calm, emptiness to space, frustration to acceptance.

I have turned my energy to gold.

And, this time, the feeling’s a beautiful one.



Sarah Nabarro View All →

New mum, old soul… Finding beauty, wisdom, spirituality, and opportunities for learning in the everyday (hopefully)…

3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I agree that the greatest art is making yourself happy, my philosophy is Stoic, i.e. that the key to a good, happy life is the cultivation of an excellent mental state filled with virtue and being rational.


    • Interesting… I don’t take the Stoic approach myself… My experience is that the free flow of emotions (or lack of it) is at the root of most mental and physical health issues – all that I’ve ever had anyway – and emotions don’t respond to rational thought, although they may respond to our unconscious beliefs… But rational thought is the mind getting in the way of what needs to be felt and allowed to pass through us – we are emotional beings, and emotions are a part of our human experience. There’s nothing wrong with being freely emotional when we don’t make them stronger than us – which they aren’t! 🙂


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