A friend reached out this a.m. after reading St Therese’s prayer. She has lost both her parents in the last few months. We chatted a bit about grief and asking for strength. She commented she wasn’t sure who she was talking to in her head, but that traditional beliefs did not have a presence in her life right now.
Completely understandable, we don’t feel very spirited in the wilderness.
It got me to thinking…
Faith. Does it matter what you are having faith in, or just that you are choosing to believe?
And which feels better right now– to project hope into a future positive possibility or to fear the worst?
Faith is seeing possibilities, not just problems. (What is a problem solver anyway? I think it’s just someone that believes in possible solutions.)
There is a saying amongst meditators that your thoughts are just clouds passing by -What is behind them is the infinity of a bluebird sky, which is your life. Like a hundred foot ceiling, clouded over thoughts can be oppressive- and real- holding us back from the possibility of our richest life.
Skies do clear, oppressive conditions do lift and more often than not things do usually get better. Sometimes better just means our perspective shifts and becomes more balanced or accepting, but whatever the case we feel better. Relief starts as momentary gaps in the clouds, until ultimately the gaps grow bigger, and the sun beams through.
This was an epiphany to me when I heard it. Being someone who is highly affected by the weather, specifically sunshine, or lack thereof, I found this analogy to be a relief, and a reminder. When the sun is out, enjoy it. And when it’s behind storm clouds, remember it’s still ‘there,’ and that the world needs rainfall. And, that rainfall won’t last forever.
Life’s storms are real, and living in them can be miserably cold, and turbulent.
Be like a tree and hold on tight. Be like an animal and take shelter when it gets really bad. And most of all remember you are human, and forgiven for complaining about having to endure such conditions. Sometimes the weather is brutal, but never forever.
Meditation Tao te Tsing, Chapter 23:
“To talk little is natural.
High winds do not last all morning.
Heavy rain does not last all day.
Why is this? Heaven and earth!
If heaven and earth cannot make things last forever, How is it possible for us?”
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