And, yes, there is suffering in each life. And there is joy.
How will we meet the disappointments and the dissatisfactions is a crucial question.
What is our attitude? Our view of what we call “reality.”
Perhaps right now there is something going on in your life which brings some sadness, hurt, or worry.
How are you seeing it?
Our seeing comes from a choice, for we all see things differently.
We each have a unique world view.
Our attitudes come from habitual ways of viewing the situations in life.
We can either live at the edge of the wheel of life, and feel every bump and pothole in the road, or we can live from the center of the wheel, and move through our journey with more ease. The center doesn’t experience the potholes.
It’s fun and dramatic to live on the edge, and we’ll certainly have stories to entertain our friends with, but what brings peace and joy into our souls?
By staying centered in the great truth of the essential goodness and beauty of life, we can touch the edges, while living more harmoniously.
Life lightens up, and we stop taking things so very seriously!
But it requires intentionality to live at the center.
To be centered is to have a heart and mind that moves into equanimity as things unfold. We lose that wanting and wishing that things were different than they are, and we begin accepting life as it is, knowing it will change and that the good keeps unfolding.
For God is love, and we live and move and have our being in love. Even when it doesn’t seem so.
It is God love that causes us to live even when we think we die. It is God love that brings forth the new beginning, right out of the ashes of all that has passed away.
This becomes our view of life, the lens through which we see.
Statements such as:
“Whether I understand it or not, things are unfolding according to divine order, (or the nature of karma).”
Karma teaches each soul the consequences of their actions, and thus it is lawful. It makes us accountable for our thoughts and actions. We begin to choose more wisely what we hold in our mind.
Divine order is a higher law than we understand. It is the great mystery that continues to evolve life.
Otherwise human beings wouldn’t have survived this long. We surely would have destroyed each other in some way.
But no matter how much we try to hurt ourselves and others, underneath there is a power greater that is always giving us a fresh start, right now in this moment.
I call this the energy of love.
Love is that which brings things together in innovating and surprising ways.
Love is much more than an emotion, or a feeling.
We can make the intention to trust that which we can’t see, that which has brought us to this place in our lives, and will show us the way through if we will give ourselves to it.
And we receive what we give.
This gives us a measure of control — and don’t we delight in having a sense of control?
What we give determines what we receive. This is divine order.
I find that when I get into a funk, I can, if I am willing, open my heart intentionally to generosity. I can will to love!
Yes, will to love.
My prayer often is, “God, show me how to love, myself and all others. Let me move through this difficulty, this sadness with ease and grace.”
In this way I don’t deny my emotions. I fully recognize them, allow myself to feel my feelings.
And I use this moment to reconnect with the Center.
Steadfastly facing the great truth of Godlove, there is nothing to fear.
Yes, this is a difficult moment, and I know this present suffering will work for good.
I trust this process, and I breathe deeply.
I trust it because I have seen it work in the past, over and over.
Things have a way of working out.
A new beginning is always possible. Now. For now is all we ever have.