But it certainly prods me into noticing what is taking place in my mind. The gap between the way “it is” and the way I would like it to be becomes very apparent.
As I watch my mind, I’m embarrassed to admit how frequently I find myself wishing things were different and subtly (or not) blaming someone or something because they aren’t. Or I notice myself worrying. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, I often place the template of worry on top of it!
These attitudes have become habits of mind. And these habits are obstacles that keep me from what I truly desire: serenity, equanimity, contentment.
As Byron Katie says, “When we argue with reality, we lose. But only every time.”
So, I take a deep, calming breath and watch my mind. I note what emotion comes up and feel that ... and then I breathe again and watch the next thought or emotion. The key is to just watch without becoming entangled in them.
Because whether we like it or not, the way things are is the only way they could be at this moment, for particular conditions and circumstances have arisen that have become the present harvest. Our world is organic. Seeds were planted and now they have grown.
Whether we accept it or not, the facts are the facts. The conditions are the conditions. AND THEY WILL CHANGE. In fact, they already are in process of change! Because change and growth is the nature of the universe.
I find answering these questions helps me move into seeing what needs to happen next:
- Am I willing to ask the universe to reveal the next step? And wait patiently for it to be revealed?
- Will I trust the universal energy that is flowing and becoming? It is obvious that it knows how to evolve as it has been doing so for 14½ billion years.
- Will I accept that there is an energy of love (much different and greater than human love) that holds everything together and moves it forward? And that I am a part of this love?
We can choose to hear the soft, still voice – the energy of love – that sings us into a new expression as we do our work in becoming aware. This is true for you, for me and for all life.
What I have is what I want. Or is it? Ask yourself.
“What is” will ripen into the next moment, which can also be just what we really wanted ... and then, open yourself to the next moment, which wants to become.
Let it be!