Can You Find Peace in a Pandemic? Try this Challenge.
Is it possible to find peace, even in these times?
The better question might be:
There are basically two approaches:
– Fight it.
– Accept it.
You don’t have to like something to accept it.
Peace = acceptance.
Accepting or allowing has nothing to do with liking it. You won’t like a lot of things that happen during the day. The great news is, you can find peace no matter what happens on the outside – or whether you like or dislike things.
So much of the misery and suffering that we encounter within ourselves is due to a story that we weave in our minds, a tale that often imagines how things could go wrong in the future.
Right now – in this moment – let’s do a little self-exploration to see how bad things really are for you.
There is no problem in this moment.
Check inside yourself to see if there is any problem right now. Go on – do it.
But there is a problem, and it must be changed.
I know what you’re thinking: oh yes, there is a problem – lots of them actually – to be changed.
That’s just another story.
Do we really need to make a whole narrative about all the political unrest, injustices, or any of the other chaos that is (and has always been) a part of life?
Certainly, there’s a time and a place for us to speak out and to do what is necessary to change a situation.
The problem is that within, most of the narrative involves wishing we could change something that cannot be changed.
Pivot that inner dialogue to enjoy transformational results.
Not sure where to begin?
Think about this – we live like royalty compared to any other time in the history of our planet.
But we’re in the middle of a pandemic, you say.
This isn’t the first time there’s been a pandemic, and it won’t be the last. My own great grandparents both died in the 1918 pandemic.
Have you ever been to a cemetery that’s over 100 years old? Literally all you have to do is walk around and you’ll notice whole families that were at one time completely wiped out.
I only say this to point out that there is a lot to be grateful for now, in this present moment.
“When you go deeply into the present, gratitude arises spontaneously, even if it’s just gratitude for breathing, gratitude for the aliveness that you feel in your body. Gratitude is there when you acknowledge the aliveness of the present moment.”
See Reality. Stop Telling Useless Stories.
You can use your mind far more productively if you see reality rather than a story.
There are always going to be bad things that happen in life, but if we stay in the here and now and then focus our attention on what we can do to change our world in this moment, then we will not only live better lives, but we will heal others in the process of living from this healthier state of consciousness.
This is also not about maintaining a positive attitude. I call it a realistic outlook.
Acceptance is Essential to a Fulfilling Life
The spiritual path is ultimately about being okay with what is happening in this moment. That means being ok with things you don’t like. It’s a part of life.
Even though we may not like things, we can be at peace. That’s what acceptance is all about. And it can be powerfully transformative in your life.
If it sounds hard – impossible, even – I hear you. I was in a place for many years when I was younger where I basically couldn’t accept anything that happened to me. Then I realized a profound truth…
Shit Happens. How will you deal with it today?
Think of it like this: you know that infamous bumper sticker that has been around forever – the one that says “Shit Happens”?
It’s a great spiritual teaching.
Shit happens. If we simply allow it to happen, we will eventually discover the power of acceptance, as we learn how to find the peace within us that was always there.
You ready? Here’s my self-transformation challenge for you:
Ask yourself, is there anything to fear right now?
The reality is, there is no problem right now. There is very little chance of something catastrophic happening, but you will handle it if it does.
Life is much easier, especially in troubling times, if we look at the facts. “What if” thoughts or “why is this happening” thoughts will keep us from being happy and effective.
It’s that simple. Really.
Need some practical, mindful living strategies to help you access your power within?