When life unravels
Find your Middle Ground.
The yarn of your life
Will be repaired and retold.
“There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, in fact, great.
There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, saints, shakers, and movers…even if they are uncommon and do not come by the dozen.
And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed.
To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.”
Abraham Maslow from Motivation and Personality
This reminds me of fellow blogger Ann Koplow’s Asshole song from her debut Fringe show in Edinburgh.
We can all be assholes!
So expect others to have their good days and bad days.
So give yourself a break when you are not feeling on top of the world all the time, or if you know you have been an asshole.
So let go of the illusion – the beliefs about how you “should” be, and how others “should” be.
Accept that life is a series of highs and lows.
And most importantly – be kind towards the parts of you that are in the dark.
Hugs to all parts of you.
The asshole in me greets the asshole in you.
A catbird tries to fly
against the wind only
to be blown backward.
I know that feeling –
setting out with certainty
and arriving somewhere
entirely different. When
I respond with acceptance
to my unexpected
destination, the sun
clangs its cymbals of
light in silent celebration.
~ Danna Faulds
Stop trying to fly against the wind and fully embrace where you are in the highs of lows of life. Celebrate the unexpected… and the sunshine today!
“The real reason why human life can be so utterly exasperating and frustrating is not because there are facts called death, pain, fear, or hunger.
The madness of the thing is that when such facts are present, we circle, buzz, writhe, and whirl, trying to get the “I” out of the experience. We pretend that we are amoebas, and try to protect ourselves from life by splitting in two.
Sanity, wholeness, and integration lie in the realization that we are not divided, that man and his present experience are one, and that no separate “I” or mind can be found.
To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, “I am listening to this music,” you are not listening.”
~ Alan Watts
This last line from Alan Watts really hit home. I recall sitting in meditation, and my mind telling me over and over again “I am meditating” rather than embracing the actual experience of what it is to be present.
How many times do we read something, and rather than absorbing its full meaning and the underlying feelings, we simply read words.
When we separate ourselves from the full experience and feeling, we detach ourselves from life itself, and become actors playing out our roles.
Next time, you find yourself detaching (Or splitting yourself into two like and amoeba) pause. Notice what’s happening while its happening. Then ask “Am I aware of what I am feeling right now?”
Many of us continue our path into 2019. We are on a journey of curiosity, inner exploration, trying on new ideas, committing to better behaviors, taking care of ourselves … and taking time out to nourish mind, body and spirit.
We see ahead clearly and then something comes along to bring doubt, temptation, discomfort or rejection.
So soon… Really?
The most significant lessons are unexpected. And they often come along just when we were hoping or counting on something else.
Let them be wake up calls rather than obstacles in your mind.
Be alert. Wake up.
The class of your life is in session.
Take time to pause and reflect on the real lesson waiting to be seen.
p.s. My thanks to Mike Bizeau for the permission to share this image.
Having loved enough and lost enough,
I’m no longer searching
no longer trying to make sense of pain
but trying to be a soft and sturdy home
in which real things can land.
These are the irritations that rub into a pearl.*
~ Mark Nepo
Beyond searching is opening and acceptance of life and it’s irritations. There is hidden treasure there.
*Nepo, Mark. The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting (Kindle Locations 1506-1509). Sounds True. Kindle Edition.
When we accept that life is a series of highs and lows, and not the honeymoon we were hoping for, we find the key to living life in balance. We realize that what we are experiencing is simply a part of the whole. We can’t slice off the parts that we don’t want.
This whole and fractured life allows us to grow, find courage and meet its challenges. We appreciate the sweetness and find joy where before there was anxiety.
We embrace the freedom to be ourselves, coming from a place of contentment and peace.
We come from a place I call our middle ground.