Lately, it seems as if I have heard of a number of friends and acquaintances who are dealing with some difficult situations. I think that the economy and the struggles that so many people are having financially, is often at the root of it, but it also goes much deeper. It is a struggle with aging parents, illness, young people searching for jobs, opportunities. A very difficult election.
I am at another crossroads and I'm not sure where it is leading, but if I've learned one thing in the past few years of studying Buddhism and spirituality it is to stay in this very moment. It's one of the hardest lessons, since we human beings are always looking towards the future and worrying about what is coming, rather than appreciating and staying in the present.
I went to help out a friend this morning who is about to give birth and is in a difficult situation with her new husband. I can only imagine how hard it is for her to stay in this moment, when in six weeks she will be giving birth to her baby and life will get even more challenging.
One of the greatest gifts we can give each other is to show up - so that was what I did. I listened and helped her unpack and just sat with her. And now I am sitting with my own anxieties, as I have many days over the last few years.
I love what I have been learning lately from August Gold, a spiritual teacher. She says: "Life is a conversation. We need to stop asking 'why is this happening to me' and start asking 'why is this happening for me?'"
In reading about the Kaballah it says: "This challenge is an indication that there is a great amount of Light to be revealed here! I may not understand how yet, but I can make the effort to see why this opportunity has been given to me. I can choose, instead of reacting or worry, to continue the development of my soul. I can choose to not allow negativity in, and as I do this more and more, I will grow my certainty in the Light.
Negativity has power over us only when we allow it to.
So my choice now is to put on my shoes and go for a walk and get out of my head and my apartment. And stay in this very moment, which is a rainy autumn afternoon, and be grateful for all the blessings in my life. Starting with the fact that my daughter lives in Brooklyn and last year on this day I was visiting her in San Francisco.
Enough sitting, it's time to move my feet.