The disasters, catastrophes, tragedies and shocks in your life were not mistakes, failures, or punishments from the universe. The universe does not reward or punish - it does not play by dualistic human rules. These times of difficulty were wake-up calls, and they caused you to slow down, take stock of your life, stop distracting or numbing yourself, and ask profound and often difficult questions about reality. They caused you to re-focus on what really mattered to you, to re-commit to your path of curiosity and never-ending exploration of form.
Without the challenges you experienced, without the crises you came through, without the pain you felt, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no real understanding of the impermanence of things, and you would still believe on some level that the ego reigned supreme. Your pain exposed the lies of the supremacy of the ego and the illusion of control. Your struggles saved you from hardening into a solid ‘me’, from becoming something you could never be.
There are no mistakes, no ‘problems’ at all in this perspective, only challenges, wake-up calls, and times of great uncertainty; only circumstances that are desperately longing for your kind attention and loving presence. There are no aberrations in your life - only never-ending opportunities to re-focus on your path, to remember who you truly are with even greater conviction, to take this precious and fragile life moment by moment, and sink ever more deeply into gratitude and wonder.
Jeff Foster (via oceanandwave)
Your sadness, your fear, your loneliness, even your despair is so fragile, friend. It can break open at any moment. A single note in a piece of music can do it. A kind glance from a stranger. The feeling of the spring breeze on your face. A reflection of a bird in flight. In any moment, your sorrow can shatter into nothingness; it has no more reality than that, no more substance than a shadow. The more you focus on your sorrows and fears, the more you talk about them, analyse them, identify with them, or resist them, the more ‘real’ they seem, the more solid and independent of you they appear to be, the more power they seem to have. In searching for a solution to your problems, you create the problem of ‘having problems’ at all.
Be available for the breaking-open of your pain, friend. Do not assume it is here for any longer than a moment. Allow the arrival and passing of all that troubles you. All this shall pass, remember, all this shall pass.
Jeff Foster (via oceanandwave)
One should not excessively seek partners or friends, one should seek to know and be oneself. As you begin to awaken to the Truth, you start noticing how well life flows by itself and how well you are cared for. Life supports the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of the one who is open to self-discovery. Trust opens your eyes to the recognition of this. Surrender allows you to merge in your own Eternal Being.
Mooji (via lazyyogi)