When we choose gratitude, we choose our power, our ability to create and direct our attention and focus. And we get to choose how we feel. And I believe that we've been given the divine gift, to choose which level we want to evolve and grow in this lifetime.
We can go for an accelerated amount of change if we show up on purpose and in purpose, and with great intention, or we can choose very minimal change, and get to explore and constancy if that's what we want.
I don't think there's any other being on this planet that's been given that gift. And it is the way that we evolve at this stage in our species. In the emotional evolution, one of my favorite new findings is the fact that native indigenous wisdom teaches the four pillars of life instead of the three. Much of our wisdom talks about body, mind, and spirit, but indigenous wisdom would include emotion.
And I love raising the status of emotion as also a divine pillar of our being and not just something we experience or need to cope with. But it is our birthright, channeling vibration that is pulsating through us as a part of us. To that end, I want to share with you a little bit about suffering as our greatest teacher and our greatest gift.
When I think of my own suffering, when I reached the place of hindsight, when I out of it the thread through in each experience was that it was coming to shed light where there was dark, and even though there was a lot of discomfort in that moment. It eventually led me to a place of greater knowing and greater well-being and deeper understanding.
Again, that is as long as I was open and available to witness myself in a way that I had never witnessed myself before. As long as I partnered with it and didn't resist because we know that resistance only creates more suffering you'll hear me quote often Thich Naht Hahn Buddhist wisdom the phrase that all suffering comes from not understanding. It's really a slow dissolving of the ego.
When we have everything in a tightly knit box. When we are under the illusion that we have full control over our worlds and then life in one way or another reminds us that we don't. And that we need to step out of that illusion and step back into clarity or at least there is an opportunity to do so.
And in that space, we can see ourselves a new see others in a new light, and be rid of our disguises. Again. The facades we put up in moments of hurt and pain to protect ourselves. also kept the light out We also hid a piece of our existence behind that wall that we thought was protecting us
So this morning I encourage you to see your suffering as your greatest teacher and actually as that constant friend who's willing to call you out, that person you can trust to show you yourself even when you don't want to see it, to move you past momentary bliss for long-term, sustained joy and growth.
So I want to just hold space for our ability to witness ourselves this morning.
Do a short grounding meditation to commune with the wisdom of our suffering because I've learned along the way that problem is a subjective judgment. And what one sees as a problem can also be seen as an opportunity or a teacher or friend. So choosing to step out of resistance into consonance and partnering with life who wants to liberate us from our samsara in this round and cycle of a pattern that isn't serving us anymore and into an elevated existence.
So if you'd like to join me for a little moment to partner with life, our teacher.
Relax wherever you are in this moment as you're able. Sit down, lie down, and close your eyes I want to do light meditation this morning to help shift our personal perspective on our relationship to the challenges that life may present andto recognize that they've come to teach us….