“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”—Byron Katie
This is when we must trust in our capacity to overcome whatever arises. Trust in life and the unseen forces will conspire to help us in the unfolding of our personal story. We must learn to celebrate life, knowing the sequence of events change. What seems unwelcome at first may become our greatest teacher. We expect the foundations to be laid before assuming the worst. Our life’s journey is composed of layers, concealed by the weight of past conditioning. By allowing life to unfold through us, we consent to uncover those layers. Similarly, as we encounter an experience and overcome it, another layer is revealed.
Unpleasant feelings are not to be avoided, yet embraced. This does not mean we ought to celebrate pain, though accept circumstances as they arise, knowing there’s a vital lesson contained within it. The moment we declare our intention to move through pain, we activate the wisdom to overcome undesirable events. When we shy away from an experience, we resist the moment. As you know, that which you resist intensifies until you are called to face the truth, amidst untenable circumstances. At the least, to embrace life is a commitment that what transpires will do so of its own accord. We have two choices: resist what emerges or accept it with trusted humility. What appears threatening at first is identical to thunder on a sultry night: loud and confronting, yet leads the way for the looming rain. There is a reassuring quality in the wake of every experience. Even in the ravages of a natural disaster, the human spirit cannot be overshadowed.
To rebuild one’s life, with stronger foundations is testament to our grounding legacy to survive any untoward condition. Yet, everything works out for the best if we get out of our way and embrace all that is. Life is a self-organizing system, functioning irrespective of our resistance to it. This same force responsible for creating the cosmos has a good handle on the organisation of the universe, given its 14-billion-year history. It was the transformation author and critical thinker Werner Erhard who taught: “Life will resolve itself in the process of Life Itself.” There is little for us to do other than stay attentive to the outcome. To embrace all that is, we must expand our notion of suffering to correspond with the natural order of events. By spending quiet time in reflection every so often, we quiet the mind to allow the voice of reason to emerge, through the stillness of life.