The path of human experience encompasses a spectrum of experiences. That is just one universal truthabout what it means to be a human. We all experience joy, peace, love, sadness, anger, fear and so on.
It is easy to embrace and enjoy life with vigor when circumstances and events are going your way. Who doesn’t love the feelings of joy and success? We all have a natural tendency to seek out and maintain these “highs” as long as possible. But what happens when adversity seems to swoop in and wreak havoc?
As Albert Einstein said, “In the Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity.” Well, yeah, that sounds great on paper but how do we do that? How do we cultivate an appreciation for difficulty, struggle and challenge? Lean in…just lean in. Employ meditation, breathing techniques or exercise, not as a distraction, but as a means to quiet the mind to tune in, connect and hear the whisperings of your higher self. A byproduct of “leaning in” is that it will organically support the maintenance of your inner peace.
Try to use your tools to stay balanced and know that there are some gems within the seemingly painful experience you are undergoing. If you can stay out of the drama or pity cavethere is so much to learn which will forever alter your human experience in a lighter, brighter and more blissful way.
The more you practice the appreciation of difficulty the easier it gets and the benefits continue to grow, expand and fill you up with lightheartedness, peacefulness and joyfulness. It is a skill you can cultivateif you take the time, attention and care to do so. As Pema Chodron, a Buddhist nun, states, if you learn nothing else than being “comfortable with uncertainty” you will reach new levels you never thought possible.
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Please note that I am not a registered dietitian or doctor. Please be an advocate for your own health care and check with your doctor before beginning a new regimen. This information is intended to chronicle my personal journey of research, analysis, and experimentation.