Dear Reader, I began to scribble some notes this morning after my second dose of searing hot coffee, and a good laugh from some comedy clips on YouTube. It’s been a rough few days, and the space of time I was allowed in the morning before my first class became of the utmost importance. I would take my moment.
Life can feel like a series of hurdles, you successfully top one obstacle, and another looms on the horizon. It is during these phases that I lean on eastern philosophy the most. One Buddhist principle would suggest that life is suffering (although that is not an exact translation). Rather, the desire for a situation to be other than it is creates suffering. Accepting things as they are invites a state of peace. For the Taoist, it is adaptability. To be like water, flowing around obstacles, effortlessly. Through adaptability the obstacle no longer exists as an obstacle. I reach for these ideals, sometimes achieving a state of acceptance and adaptability. Other times, not so much. My highest self understands. And I appreciate the rare moments, like the sun breaking through the clouds, when I get it.
Cultivating gratitude in any given situation has been my greatest tool towards facing the challenges of the past few years. The experience of gratitude for even the smallest of things is a deeply enriching sensory experience. Feeling blessed sinks into the marrow of your bones. Sitting in the feeling of gratitude pushes away all fear. Suddenly, the blessings multiply in remembering and the bubble of joy rises, escaping in a burst of laughter…even as the next hurdle looms. This is your life experience to have, and gratitude is a choice.
Someone once said, you can quit or you can work harder. If the thing you desire is for the highest good trust that a resevoir of boundless energy exists for you to draw upon. Push beyond the suffering, draw deeply from the well of love and gratitude and witness the miracles as they happen.