Resilience in Changing Times

“The American Heritage Dictionary defines resilience as ‘the ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune to retain its original shape.’ But is this always true?

What about those times when recovery will require more of us than simply snapping back into our original shape – those times when the transformation will be deep and painful and profound?

Misfortune strips away our illusions that we can be smart enough, good enough, lucky enough to get through life untouched. Spiritual growth is not about learning how to obtain only that which we would prefer for ourselves. The true purpose of spiritual training is to unclog the channels that connect us to divine love.

Mystic philosopher Aldous Huxley explains that to do so, we must take on the task of engaging with the circumstances of our lives – no matter how trivial or threatening – without malice, greed, or voluntary ignorance. Rather, we must rise to the challenges that arise moment by moment with love, courage, and understanding. We must search our souls for hidden resistance, pockets of arrogance and selfishness.” – Carol Orsborn, The Art of Resilience: 100 Paths to Wisdom and Strength in an Uncertain World

I Ching

I Ching Trigram

“The I Ching explains that life is sometimes like a well that is being lined with stone. While it is true that the well cannot be used while the work is going on, ‘the work is not in vain; the result is that the water stays clear. In life also there are times when a man must put himself in order.’

There are times when you feel invisible. You feel passed over and ineffective. Your phone messages go unanswered. Your letters come back to you marked address unknown. During such times, you may not be able to express your power in the outer world. But that does not mean you have the right to throw up your hands in despair.

Rather, you can take this opportunity to enhance your character through the serious work of inner development. What you are doing may not be apparent on the surface. It may look as if you have fallen into disuse. But the work that is transpiring in you at this very moment, so quiet and so internal that even you may not have realized it was going on, is of utmost importance. What you are doing when you give yourself time and space to nurture your spirit at the deepest levels is no less than fortifying yourself for the greater role you are being prepared to play in the world. The I Ching teaches that if you cultivate within yourself qualities of character, such as strength, faith, and perseverance, you will not have to force opportunities to come to you. Those that are meant to be yours will come to you of their own free will.” – Carol Orsborn, The Art of Resilience: 100 Paths to Wisdom and Strength in an Uncertain World.

Eternity

“What we do now echoes into eternity.”Marcus Aurelius

Wow! What a powerful quote! The message is clear: create the kind of life that you want right now. What is important to you? What do you want to continue into eternity?

I know that my love for people, animals, and nature will echo into eternity. I want to serve people and help people as much as I can. I want to continue to study, learn, grow, become wise and strong. I want to use my intuition to decode information that resides inside my body, mind, and the universe. I want to train my mind and increase my mindfulness, awareness, and love in my heart.

I want an adventurous life. I don’t need to hop on a plane and travel around the world (although that would be amazing). All I need to do is be open to the present moment. Carol Orsborn reminds us, “The present is always free and full of possibilities.” If we intentionally open ourselves to possibilities, life will naturally become adventurous.

I know two things that have stayed with me for a long time: yoga and meditation. Several years ago, I had a past life regression done. Through hypnosis, I traveled to three of my past lives. My previous life, before this one, I was a Buddhist monk in China. I accept that possibility.

We need to remember we are multidimensional beings. The past, present, and future are within us. Train your mind not to fear – something I continue to work on. Fear is a roadblock to intuition and spiritual growth.

I am reminded of another great quote: “The wise man makes his own heaven while the foolish man creates his own hell here and hereafter.” – Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda

Things to remember:

  • Use the power of your mind. Create a strong mind through meditation.
  • Seek sacred knowledge. Fill your mind with wisdom.
  • Keep exploring who you are. Embrace your loneliness by putting your energy and effort into something that you love. Everyone experiences loneliness. However, we can learn to channel that energy.
  • Be thankful for everything in your life.
  • Increase the love in your heart by helping other people, animals, or another good cause.
  • Create the kind of life that you want right now.

I am sending you love and healing energy.

Namaste, world.

Over the Edge

“As long as you are fully alive, you do not leap into the abyss once, and then it’s over. The truth is that the spiritual life is an existence that takes place in its entirety over the edge. If you hope to aspire to greatness of spirit, you must stay vigilant to the potential inherent in every moment. The present is always free and full of possibilities. It is up to you to choose that which will be best for you. Divine love persuades you toward the greatest good possible, but does not force you. By heeding the impulse for goodness that is present in any given moment, you contribute to the creation of a better future than would otherwise have occurred.” – Carol Orsborn