In class there seems to be such inner turmoil going on with my students.
In the past months one student has had a cancer removed, one has decided to end her life, many suffering from high anxiety, sore bodies, sore feelings and I’m sure much more.
I used to really believe in the positive affirmation way of way. If your in doubt, be positive! If someone is pushing your buttons and/or annoying the hell out of you, dont see them…strike them off the list! Press the delete button.
But through my own personal experience, through reading ancient texts, I believe that suffering really is part of being human. Of being here on earth having this experience of living. I don’t believe many people go through life without loosing someone, without sickness, without difficult situations presenting themselves. Its just not real.
What is real is that life can be so awesome, picture perfect, full of great moments, of love, happiness and all that good stuff. But life also presents sadness, loss, pain, depression, hurt, betrayal, jealousy and a host of others.
However, what if that difficulty was the way. It was part of the path forward. Because as a collective whole, how can we unite, become one and really feel and get what someone else is going through if we have never faced any of these situations before.
I guess its like studying for a job, but not ever doing the job. We can read, study, discuss, philosophise and throw around ideas and how it might look. The experience itself is the great connector, I feel that’s how we relate and hold each other up.
So to coin a book title that I recently saw on Amazon was “The Obstacle is the Way”.
What if what we are in, or we are going through is a necessary part of the growing?
The Lotus can’t flower and blossom without the soil, the rich fertile that is the mud.