Life happens: We can do daily activities such as meditate, exercise, and eat healthy. We can also feel abundantly loved and supported. However, these actions do not protect us from pain. Life happens. People struggle and feel pain. Sometimes these people are close to us and sometimes the struggle is within us. When struggles and pain visit, how do you know they are there? For some, the heart may feel heavy. For others, there may be tension in the jaw, shoulders, neck. For others they may be more irritable, sad, or angry. Struggles and pain are a part of life. No one is immune. When struggles and pain are present, how do you respond?
Mindful Invitation: If life seems more difficult for you today, take a few minutes throughout the day to notice how your mind and body react to this struggle. And perhaps today, on the out breath simple say, “calm,” and consciously let go of the body part that is tense, and release. You may need to repeat this release throughout the day. Surprisingly, we can release one body part but that body part may love to re-tense and hold on regardless of what our mind is saying. Or consider a Metta meditation (see youtube links for Metta meditations) which invite you to repeat phrases to yourself, “May I be well, May I be happy, May I be free from suffering, “or whoever in your life is struggling, “May you be well, May you be happy, May you be free from suffering.”
Today’s Quote: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn