What is your challenge of the day, week, month, year?
When we are in the midst of difficulties it's really hard to see the silver lining. It's hard to imagine how we will grow from the experience. It feels unfair that we have to go through such hard times.
Yet day after day, year after year, century after century we learn again and again the truth in the words: we grow through our pain.
We often try to flee from difficult emotions, such as, grief, loneliness, and anger, pushing them down, hoping they will go away.
Our brains love to scoop up negativity and create slide shows in our mind of just how awful things are and 'always will be.'
When we push the hard feelings down, our brain zeros in on them and creates huge and untrue stories about our pain, which only makes things feel more unbearable.
When grief knocks on your door gather her in your arms, hold her tight, and watch how she moves through, leaving a bit more space inside you.
When loneliness sidles up next to you, snuggle into to her so you can get to know her. Who is she? What does she want? What can she teach you about what needs to change?
When anger comes roaring in, shaking you to the core, say, "Oh, it's you. Come have a cup of tea and tell me what scares you so." When anger leaves you may notice a spot of wisdom growing inside, ready to guide you through life.
Rumi was very wise and so are we. We just need to be fully present to the feelings that roll through us so we can find the wisdom within. Be a good innkeeper to your guest house and welcome all your emotions.
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