Today, Friday, August 16, 2019 is a rare and precious day that will never come again. How are you choosing to live it?
We had such a tender group discussion last night. Thanks to all of you who have ever blessed the room with your presence and for helping to create a safe space for our blossoming community – a space where we can share from the heart.
If you can’t see the light at the end of a tunnel, be that light.
Let’s face it, the world is a messy place. There is an abundance of hurt, of pain and suffering. In so many ways we want to be the solution. We want to fix other’s (and our own) problems. Unfortunately, some things we can’t fix. Most things are out of our control – we are powerless to bring about solutions to what we perceive is the problem. But we can ease suffering. Each and every one of us has the capacity to be a beacon of inspiration, compassion, understanding and love – we can be the light.
Many of our problems are exacerbated by our aversion to what’s happening. Maybe you or a loved-one is ill, maybe a family member is experiencing the deteriorating effects of aging, or maybe you or someone you know was involved in a debilitating accident. Arguing with the reality of what’s happening doesn’t help. In fact, it makes it worse. Our inability to accept our lot brings about a tremendous amount of suffering. We don’t have to live like this!
Accepting the messiness of the world does not mean we have to approve of and/or like it. It simply suggests that we understand that this is what’s happening, in this moment. When we’re unaccepting of a situation, we can’t see its nature, its impermanence, its opportunity. However, when we’re accepting of whatever is happening, with an open and loving heart, with the understanding that it’s temporary, that there are causes and conditions which created it, that this messiness is a part of life and absolutely no-one is immune, then we have the ability to walk with our heads held high, with compassion, understanding and love. We can be that beacon of l