“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
This quote sums up the current state of the world for me. After our winter of despair, it is indeed the spring of hope.
I used to believe if everything was aligned in my life I would be happy. Now I understand if I choose to be at peace, no matter what my life is aligned – even in a world spinning off its axis. We get to choose whether we become the broadcasters of our lives and turn the channel towards kindness, mute the foolishness, unplug from negativity and fear.
Like billions of others, my life plans have been disrupted, but I wouldn’t want to go back to the way things were. Sometimes our lives are made better not by what we’ve gained, but by what we’ve lost. Is losing the need to have our ON, GO, DO buttons constantly pushed a bad thing? What has slowing down taught us?
At this time I embrace the wisdom of some of my favorite teachers:
Byron Katie – “When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.”
.Echkart Tolle -“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
Tara Brach – “What would it be like if I could accept life–accept this moment–exactly as it is?”
.A Course in Miracles – “Would you rather be right or happy?
Thich Nhat Hahn – “Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
.Tony Robbins – “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
Joe Dispenza – “Meditation takes us from survival to creation; from separation to connection; from imbalance to balance; from emergency mode to growth-and-repair mode; and from the limiting emotions of fear, anger, and sadness to the expansive emotions of joy, freedom, and love.
Whoever your teachers are, whatever methods you use to stay balanced, may you find the guidance you need to turn the worst of times into the best of times.