Hardships can either provide us with an easy excuse to recoil or lash out, or they can become a mirror showing us most deeply to ourselves. When we meet moments of high stress with a sense of heightened curiosity, we have a chance to see where we are hiding, we can learn that we are fundamentally safe, and we can take responsibility for ourselves in a way we wouldn’t otherwise.
The next time you are faced with a difficult situation, open your journal, notice one breath consciously, then write five things you are grateful for. Next, turn your attention back towards the difficulty and see what creative solutions might arise. Finally, take stock of any insights that arise, and notice how those insights help you to experience life more fully.
Today while journaling, keep a point of awareness on your breath. That’s it!
Unbridled on the open plain, I follow my passion as far as I like. I run hard and fast at times, drink from cool streams, and sleep under a blanket of distant suns. At the edge of bliss and woven throughout such freedom is a deep longing to connect. Perhaps I now choose to be bridled and learn the lessons that service and community also have to teach.
From this space, it makes no difference whether I am bridled or not. My spirit remains unbridled regardless of my circumstance. First play, then work, then play. First day, then night, then day. Each mode has its rightful place in the grand scheme of things. Oppression and expansion dancing freely within a greater perfection. Mystery reveals it’s secrets to all with ears to hear.
Unbridled on the open plain, my actions arise as a symbol of my deep gratitude for life. Each action: a sincere gesture of humble awe offered in service to this life that is living me. This is a bridle I cannot shed, nor do I want to. I wear it willingly, curiously, joyfully, and in that experience, the circle completes itself.
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