“Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”~ Eckhart Tolle
Learning to Make Peace with Your Life
When I was a little kid, there were moments when I thought about how it would be to trade places and live somebody else’s life. But the funny thing is that whenever I would ask myself this question:
Do you wish you could trade places and live somebody else’s life?
The answer would always be “No!”
It was a very strange thing. Looking all around me and knowing how painful it was to live the life I was living, I couldn’t understand why in the world wouldn’t I want to trade places; who in their right mind would want to live the life I was living? To my rational mind, it made no sense. But to my heart and Soul, it made perfect sense.
“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of… We know the truth not only by the reason but by the heart.” ~ Blaise Pascal
Now when I look back at my life, knowing the things I now know, I realize that deep down inside I have always known that the path I was on, was the path I was meant to be on. And that the life I was living, was the life I was meant to be living. I guess Eckhart Tolle was right, “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
We are so used to running away from pain. Trying very hard to escape what hurts us, wanting to always dwell in peace, love and happiness. But the truth is that life comes with both pain and joy, darkness and light, fear and love. And if we try to resist the pain, the hurt, and the darkness, we only make things worse. Because just like Carl Jung said, “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.”
We all have our own journey in this life, our unique path to walk, and even though in our darkest moments we might feel tempted to compare ourselves and our lives with the lives of those around us, wanting to trade places and wanting to live their lives, we should always remember that we are a lot like diamonds – made perfect under pressure. And that all our challenges, struggles and difficulties aren’t meant to hurt us. On the contrary, they are only meant to help us cleanse ourselves of everything that’s keeping our true light from shining. And they are meant to reveal to us our strength, wisdom, inner power, beauty, and perfection.
“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” ~ Rumi
The life you are living is the life you are meant to be living. The pain you have been through, the challenges you are experiencing – the hurt, the disappointment, the fear and the betrayal, they are all part of your journey. They are all part of your life path. You were given this life for a reason. There are no mistakes in how life operates. And if you can learn to look at every experience and interaction life sends your way, no matter how dark and painful, as a blessing in disguise, you will eventually discover their hidden purpose and deeper meaning.
There are many treasures hidden in all your struggles, pains, challenges and difficulties. And
“If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” ~ Rumi
Life is constantly working for us. Wanting us to grow, to evolve and to experience our own greatness. Wanting us to step into our power and live our lives from a place of truth, wisdom, love and high integrity. And by embracing who we are, by making peace with the life we are living, we will discover that there is no better life than our own life, no better path than our own path, no better Self than our own Self. So dare to say “yes” to the life you are living. Say “yes” to who you yourself are. Embrace yourself, your life, your darkness, your flaws, your fears, and imperfections. Make peace with all that you are. Make peace with your past, your hurts, your wounds and your scars. And know that:
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” ~ Gospel of Thomas