How do you relate to your experience- particularly your more challenging or emotionally painful experiences? Do you welcome them, or do your try to distance yourself from them? Do you lean in, or do you lean away? Are you intimate with them or distant from them? The path of distancing is well-worn and familiar: we dug ourselves or others, and then we attack, withdraw, or numb. These reactions are all variations of the classic defensive repertoire of fight, flight, or freeze. The path of welcoming our experience, of becoming intimate with it, is less familiar. While it seems riskier, it is far more rewarding. Mental turmoil and emotional discomfort is a wake-up call. Something within and around us wants and needs our careful attention.
I feel more strongly when truth is revealed rather than simply adjusted into a dogmatic view…..
inquiry for today~ resist no shadows today…..see light in each corner of the day……
Meditation is like going into an old attic room and turning on the light. In that light we see everything- the beautiful treasures we’re grateful to have unearthed, the dusty, neglected corners that inspire us to say, “I’d better clean that up”- the unfortunate relics of the past that we thought we had gotten rid of long ago. We acknowledge them all, with an open, spacious, and loving awareness.
It’s never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it’s been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held the old view. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see things you couldn’t see before. It’s never too late to take a moment to look.