“Uncertainty and unpredictability, impermanence and change, good times and hard times, sorrow and joy, loss and gain… all of this constitutes our home ground, the mandala of our life, our base for practicing fearlessness and compassion…. there could be no more fertile ground for our awakening.” Pema Chodron.
Growth occurs when we let the fullness of our human experience teach us; that includes all the emotions that make us uncomfortable and that we are so good at avoiding or denying or numbing. I know first hand the difficulty and painfulness that comes with sitting with grief, conflict, misunderstandings, rejection, fear. And yet, it is within these most vulnerable (and often scary) moments, that we can become more fully awake, that we can strengthen our authentic selves, that we can begin to live with more intention.
With gentleness and grace, practice fearlessness and compassion: Pause, take a breath (or two or three) and remind yourself that you are strong, that this moment holds wisdom. With a curious and open heart, be fully awake to the experience at hand.