So often when we struggle to find clarity, we are trying to answer questions that aren’t ready to be answered. In reality, the present moment always contains all the clarity we need. The more we attend to what is clear to us in the moment, however humble and simple that may be, the more we will be able to attend to wisdom as it arises in all things, big and small.
Human beings have an innate capacity to self-correct, to learn, and to grow. When we make projects out of things like getting past overwhelm or getting over procrastination, we actually get in the way of this capacity to self-correct.
There’s a spiritual notion that everything is always okay. “All is well, and all manner of things be well,” in the words of Dame Julian of Norwich. Well, yes, and… there’s a way in which we sometimes twist that into meaning that there is something wrong with us when we don’t feel like things are okay at all. What’s up with that? And how do we find our way out of the snarl?
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes experience things as inconveniences or interruptions. When I do, they are problematic. But if we take a closer look, how can anything interrupt life? The only thing that interrupts life is arguing with what is.
Sometimes we lives as though there is a way things should unfold, that certain things should happen and other things shouldn’t. Our spouses should be faithful. Loved ones should not get cancer. When we look more closely, though, we see that doesn’t make any sense at all.
At the end of my August 3rd video, Nothing Is Expected, I said that I was grateful for my experience. A reader wrote and asked how that could be true, given how painful it had been. This is my response. I welcome your questions and comments!