Sometimes you just stand in the place of what you believe in and then other things begin to happen from that. ~unknown author

Here you can find my blog posts that address how our survival is intimately connected with that of everyone and everything else:

passion and purpose: living out our dreams, wasting no moments, and achieving our goals.

metamorphosis: how our radical choices challenge ourselves and those around us…and how we deal.

unschooling and unjobbing: sloppy labels that basically mean “not letting education or work get in the way of life.”

Why Serenity?

I see this life plan taking shape as fulfilling our family’s needs in a unique way because we are a unique family (just like everybody else’s).  Our family has certain needs in order to be thriving as individuals, as a family unit, but also as members of various groups, of our entire race, as co-inhabitants of this planet, and as spiritual creatures with ideas, purposes, and lasting significance.

I expect our adventures working towards and living through the fulltime RVing lifestyle will reflect the ways in which we are being fulfilled on all of these dynamics.  And this is kind of the whole point.  So I’m creating a tag–SERENITY–for the posts that focus on or highlight this facet of our adventures.

I asked my friends to help me think of a word to describe the condition of having your own purposes and actions aligned with the survival of the entire universe, and I got many beautiful answers, reminding me that I have the most beautiful friends.  I asked my friends because I think of them as a group of people who have a strong awareness and responsibility towards our interconnectedness.  Some answers I got:

  • Mindful
  • Serenity
  • Complete Connection
  • Ultimate Awareness
  • Complete Consciousness
  • Peace
  • Love
  • Oneness
  • Heaven
  • Coherence
  • Zen
  • Om
  • Namaste
  • Bliss
  • Spiritual Alignment
  • Groovie
  • Community
  • Flourishing
  • Serendipity
  • at one with the universe
  • harmonic existence
  • Tao

I also like unity, balance, and inner peace.  I like the words meaningful and intentional, as in “meaningful choices,” or “intentional actions,” which imply an awareness and responsibility that is a part of this idea.  But Serenity really struck me as a word that describes the state of being in positive alignment with the universe.  It is a common English word that can communicate to anyone, has no specific religious or even spiritual affiliation (and therefore can apply to anyone), and it’s not too new-age or otherwise uncomfortable for individuals of varied walks of life to read, use, have, admire, or attain.

It is also important to me, that in the context of my life and my writing, using the word Serenity in this capacity does not refer to specific practices or ideologies that are uniformly right, or best, but that it is a personal state, peculiar to each of us, achieved through different and sometimes contradictory courses of action.  Because what is important is that you are aligned with the universe FOR YOU, that you are aware of the effect of your actions and the interdependence of every living or inanimate thing, and that you are the only one who is qualified to judge to worth of your personal actions in that complex system.

I say that if you have serenity, you are doing the right thing.