Intelligence takes brain mass — we’re told — happiness takes time, and performance…

What’s up by Stelio Verzera for COCOONERS N° 14

January 29, 2024
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2 min read
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This article was first published in Cocooners N° 14

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Intelligence takes brain mass — we’re told — happiness takes time, and performance takes ambition. In truth, all very harmful and limiting beliefs, strongly polluted by a reductionist understanding of reality, a fragmented and very limited perception of what we are. As these beliefs shape the stories we tell ourselves and one another, loneliness, fear, depression, and hopelessness fill our hearts and our streets. On the contrary, when we look deeper into them, and shape different stories, success becomes a playful game of truly being ourselves, cherishing the here and now. In fact, we are a small part of a much broader intelligence running under our feet, into our lungs, and through our blood. And the embodied experience of this reality is the compass that generates the state of perception we call happiness. Does this resonate with you?

If so, towards which idea of success should we perform? What does performing really mean in the very first place? Once upon a time, artists used to be the ones performing. They devoted life to their art, in a deep choice. And the few stages available used to choose them — an intimate relationship. Today, stages are everywhere. Cheap, noisy, arrogant: disguised mediocrity, polluted beauty. We have come to believe that performing means stepping onto a stage and getting applause: a very harmful belief, hindering our innate ability to truly perform.

Yet, hidden in the very meaning of the word, we can encounter the truth: performing is the full expression of our core art, allowing complete manifestation to our true form, it means fully becoming ourselves. Indeed, much of the performance happens very far from any stage, it unfolds in and through acts and conversations that are invisible to the many. In the organizational show-business out there, as much as in the “personal development” arena, look for deep care and selfless truth. You will find very few stages bearing real artists, while all the other shows and noises may be distracting you from recognizing the vast nourishing beauty performing far from any stage.


This article was first published in Cocooners N° 14

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