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.)
Ever heard of spiritual bipassing? That’s when we deny the pain we are feeling– tuck it away, using all kinds of tools like gratitude and optimism to avoid the pain of our current reality.
Shadow and light; it is all there– not to be wallowed in or proud of, but enjoyed and acknowledged, and certainly to be respected. Balance is the key. Trying to be our best Self is important, and accepting and forgiving of our shortfalls and shadows.
Buddha said life is suffering but I will show you a path forward (because there is one.)
Jesus promised life after death. With the inevitability of change, aren’t we all experiencing small deaths each day- and needing to let go, and trust that as doors appear to close off chapters of our lives, new ones are opening?
There is a regenerative spirit of most spiritual traditions. Hinduism, Taoism, Shinto, Christianity- where the dark side of life is acknowledged, and that is death.
“The only way through is through” goes the saying, and spiritual practices can act as a guide through our dark times, not around them.
So can nature. There we find the dichotomy of raw ugly and shocking beauty of life that we sometimes feel in ourselves.
We are reminded of this in a powerful new movie; called LAND, available here. https://www.focusfeatures.com/land/buy-now/
It’s real, and raw, and might just remind you that being in the wilderness is a good way to become better.
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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