Secondhand Lives

Several students asked for a summary of Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau ‘s  message during last Sunday’s Meditation/Restore class. 

From Sunday, January 6th:

Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau Yoga Secondhand livesSecondhand lives. We have a visceral response to this phrase. It implies someone without original thought. Someone who doesn’t live for himself. Someone who lives according to someone else’s dreams, expectations, manipulations or well-meaning advice. A person who is more concerned with custom, society, opinion and fashion than the immense and unique fire inside.  When we’re awake in our lives, we see that “someone” coming a mile away. We’re clear that we don’t want to be that person.

When we’re asleep, we slip. Sometimes for an hour. Sometimes for a day, a year, a decade, a lifetime.

Keep sounding the alarm. Wake up. Wake up.

‘Secondhand lives’ was to be the name of a book in the 1930’s. The author chose a different title because she assumed that people wouldn’t read a book that evoked such negative emotion. The book was renamed–The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand.


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