Nov 28, 2012

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MEDITATION: To start dancing in the rain

An important part of becoming a mature human being is to accept that our lives will never be without strange and often inexplicable ambiguities and problems.

Someone once described the sense for and also the acceptance of thís reality as follows:
“I was depressed before enlightenment and I was depressed after it.”

With this expression the person wanted to remind us that even after we have seen and acknowledged our problems for what they are; after we have also learnt to cope with them as well as we can, we still need to know and accept that they will not all disappear overnight.

We still need to get up in the morning, face those difficulties that can’t be avoided or changed and say to ourselves: “Today I must learn again to live with them – my aching back, my failing eyes, the growing cancer, the pain of divorce, the loneliness, the boss who does not understand, the longing for my children who all work overseas etc.”

The art of living however is not only to accept these almost brutal facts. It is also not to allow these unsettling aspects of life to overwhelm us in such a way that they dampen or even destroy our joy in life.

In this regard a good friend of mine recently shared a good piece of advice. It goes as follows: “You don’t have to wait for the storm to pass, you can already start dancing in the rain.”

Is this not also a very special challenge?

Carel Anthonissen

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