- 1a : mode or condition of being a state of readiness (1) : condition of mind or temperament
What state are you in right now?
Are you feeling tired yet hopeful? Vulnerable but passionate? Do you have to pee or are you hungry? Are you anxious about the future or regretting the past? Maybe you are bored or worried.
We are always shifting through different states.
When you ask someone “How are you doing?” you are ultimately asking them “What is your state?”
Most people respond with a vague culturally accepted response of “good, fine, or ok.” Many people dodge the real question altogether by responding with things going on in their life (stuff) or about the weather (external).
However, a more internal response might be, “I am feeling passionate about work right now, but I also feel worry that feels like nausea in my stomach about my sick grandma.” If you can sense your internal state you are also able to start to observe, accept, and when needed, shift your state.
I am not proposing that we always need to respond with a long soliloquy of internal observations about our emotional or physical states. This would make checking …