“What you resist persists.” Carl Jung
We think that by resisting, it will go away but it won’t. Resisting what is happening is at the root of our suffering. I’m not talking here about a real life threatening situation that demands we take action to defend ourselves, I’m talking about when we want a situation, a person or ourselves to be something other than what it is.
When we want what is, to be different, we are resisting.
The more we resist, deny, criticize, complain and fight the truth … the more internal struggle we will have.
It really is in our hands whether we suffer more, or less.
Today, notice if you feel agitated… frustrated… sad… or critical. Come into the present moment and be a witness to yourself. Starting with your breath. Notice the flow of your breath in and out of your body. Then begin to take long and slow breaths.
What am I resisting?
Can I let it be?
As you breathe, notice any feelings and thoughts that come up.
Give them space.
Lean into the discomfort. Be kind to it.
Breath in more space, and breath out to release and let go.
Let it show you what it needs.
Recognizing when we are resisting is a powerful practice. At the beginning we may wonder what the big deal is …. after all resisting feels normal … until we are able to see that resisting is a conditioned response that has become as habit. A habit that brings us suffering.
And now we have a choice.