Being open to a new world requires that we accept the death of an old one, whatever that means for us personally. It could involve saying goodbye to a beloved grandparent or pet. It may necessitate a stark reassessment of our country’s role in world affairs. It might mean simply accepting that some cherished plans for the future will never come to pass. Whatever world we are losing, feeling it die will be like letting go of a love affair whose time has come: necessary, yet achingly painful……’Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.’…….Arundhati
our beloved beliefs, waves upon waves, corner us into many disbeliefs…..where can we loosen our thoughts and reconsider what is edgy and intuitive?……where is courage found?….where is renewal in our wise knowing?
The cultural belief that everything should be ‘fun, fast, and easy,’ is inconsistent with hopeful thinking. It also sets us up for hopelessness. When we experience something that is difficult and requires significant time and effort, we are quick to think, ‘This is supposed to be easy; it’s not worth the effort,’ or, ‘This should be easier: it’s only hard and slow because I’m not good at it.’ Hopeful self-talk sounds more like, ‘This is tough, but I can do it.’ On the other hand, for those of us who have the tendency to believe that everything worthwhile should involve pain and suffering, I’ve also learned that ‘never fun, fast, and easy.’ Given my abilities to chase down a goal and bulldog it until it surrenders from pure exhaustion, I resented learning this. Powerlessness is dangerous. For most of us, the inability to effect change is a desperate feeling. We need resilience and hope and a spirit that can carry us through the doubt and fear. We need to believe that we can effect change if we want to live and love with our whole hearts………Brene Brown
Right Aspiration is what develops in the mind once we understand that freedom of choice is possible. Life is going to unfold however it does: pleasant or unpleasant, disappointing or thrilling, expected or unexpected, all of the above! What a relief it would be to know that whatever wave comes along, we can ride it out with grace. What Right Aspiration translates to in terms of daily action is the resolve to behave in a way that stretches the limits of conditioned response. Every situation is an opportunity to practice………..Sylvia Boorstein