“We can spend our whole lives escaping from the monsters of our minds.” ~ Pema Chödrön
Life makes us tough but there are always options for how we choose to deal with the muck that gets hurled our way. I tend to forget this, which often leaves me stuck, and floundering to find my way out of the weeds. There are currently some areas of my life that are in a state of flux. It’s not a bad thing, it’s as it should be but the circumstances don’t always lend themselves to living a quiet, composed existence. The ambiguity of the path ahead has me questioning everything, which inadvertently opens doors that invite my monsters to the party. That’s when I remind myself that monsters have nothing to offer because they are merely, taxing distractions. My solution to warding them off is to be diligent about recognizing when it’s time to let go, breathe, and allow the universe take over; that doesn’t mean it’s easy. It means I have to remain present. Aware.
Change is inevitable but learning to roll with, and be open to transformation, is what offers us the ability to pursue, that which scares us. I’ve admittedly made running from my demons a full-time job but it occurred to me that perhaps it’s time to stop running, and just be. Maybe knowing what happens in the next chapter isn’t as important as knowing that the present moment is exactly as it should be. When worry takes the wheel, and I feel like I can’t breathe, I remind myself that the flash of fear is already in the past. Done. Gone. This is how I choose to walk through the moments of uncertainty, and be still while the storm around me rages on because eventually, it too will pass. [Read more…]