I bet that when you think of passion, certain associations come into your mind. Like sex, being angry, ‘mad’, and/or going off the rails. That’s because Passion and passion have both traditionally got bad press. Ok… end of confusion!
Passion with a big P refers to your essential life energy geyser, the creative life force in you from which everything flows… including your emotions. Most importantly, it motivates you to be creative in your life. Anything from baking cakes to rearing children, from writing an essay to works of art, from finding more efficient ways of doing your work to develop yourself as a fab-after-fifty-woman… and an infinite number of things in between!
Passion with a small p refers to those things you love to do and will spend time, effort and, sometimes, money on. Typically you can find yourself lost in your passion and time flies past. Your passion could be something in the last paragraph or stamp collecting, training at the gym, being an opera buff, crossword puzzles… the list is most definitely endless.
The difference between healthy passions and obsessive passions
Positive psychology has done some research on passions, dividing them into healthy ones and obsessive ones. Healthy ones are voluntary; you do them from choice and when it feels right for you. Obsessive ones are where you have no choice. They’re a kind of addiction that you must do and, if you don’t, you feel bad.
And, of course, you can get addicted to anything. Cleaning-itis and workaholism were 2 of my obsessive passions I’m delighted to have cracked!
Why does the difference between Passion and passion count in your life?
Your Passion, vital life energy geyser, ‘be-ing’, is always but always with you whether you allow it to be or not. It’s a constant, which remains the same throughout your life. While your passion/s, the things you love to be ‘do-ing’ can be constant or change over time… as you yourself change.
So, even if you don’t feel it, your Passion is always but always just a hair’s breadth away. And that means you can always but always live a passionate life.
Why is that important? Find out in my next blog post.
© 2013 Sharon Eden and The Passion Whisperer