A friend of mine, Lorrie, shared this image on Facebook from Happiness.org and it immediately put me in “thought” mode, a reflective time where I just sit back, chill out, and just ponder…
“This is very interesting!” I thought as I continued to stare wondrously at the image. I started to think about some of the not-so-good things, thoughts, feelings, and events occurring around me and I can see how it all makes sense.
So of course I had to check out who this Pema Chodron is. She’s definitely on to something.
…Maybe the only enemy is that we don’t like the way reality is now and therefore wish it would go away fast. But what we find as practitioners is that nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. If we run a hundred miles an hour to the other end of the continent in order to get away from the obstacle, we find the very same problem waiting for us when we arrive. It just keeps returning with new names, forms, manifestations until we learn whatever it has to teach us about where we are separating ourselves from reality, how we are pulling back instead of opening up, closing down instead of allowing ourselves to experience fully whatever we encounter, without hesitating or retreating into ourselves.
Nothing Ever Goes Away Until…
My Challenge to You
So the next time you find yourself in recurring patterns that don’t work for you and are causing strife in your life (sickness, negative relationships, pain, despair, or any other non-loving, non-happy situations), ask yourself this one question:
What can I learn from this situation RIGHT NOW?
I encourage you to go into reflection mode every now and then and analyze any repeating patterns you may find in your life. I have challenged myself to do this more often too and am finding that I’m awakening (spiritually) a lot faster, being more grateful, doing things more easily, loving more unconditionally, not letting outside influences dictate my mood, and so on and so forth.
I want this for YOU as well!
Now this doesn’t mean that problems will never arise again or that you won’t find yourself in a different type of recurring, defeating patterns but at least the next time it happens, you’ll be better equipped to deal.
What say you? Weigh in family!
Let this moment be your teacher. -Thich Nhat Hanh