. . . make lemonade.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Live and let live. Or, live and let die.
Neurons that fire together wire together.
Do you live by slogans? I tried these popular words of wisdom on for awhile, a few times. I still catch slogans landing in my thoughts, as if by rote. I suspect we all depend upon these catchy sayings to a certain extent. They can get us through difficulties, help us to maintain focus on something-other-than-default way of being.
Those of you who are members of Twelve-Step groups may recognize that slogans are significant tools in those programs. Over time, through involvement in one such group, I discovered that I had to switch from one slogan to another to another as circumstances shifted. In the final analysis, I realized that, individually, slogans do not stand the test of change. Even used together, they are too simplistic to serve as reliable guides through the complexity of life.
Essentially, slogans are encapsulated beliefs.
Essentially, slogans are encapsulated beliefs. Beliefs are enduring “statements of ‘fact'” that we take to be true. When we believe something is stable, we cling to it as foundation, as reliable.
Then there are times in life when everything falls out from under us, times that are especially challenging occur when our beloved beliefs related to how life should be, how events should unfold, are called into direct question.
. . . there are times in life when everything falls out from under us.
We are facing, collectively, such a time, precisely and to a degree not likely to be seen again in our lifetime. What are we to do?
When we perceive everything we encounter as grace, as gift, all beliefs are potentially true. The paradigm gets turned on its head, and beliefs become pointers or messengers that remind us of the Great Mystery – the one truth on which we can rely.
How do we shift our perception to “see” this way? Some call this pure perceiving the contemplative stance, others, “Interior Freedom,” yet others, “Presence.”
. . . an almost-childlike willingness to experience life first-hand . . .
Integrative Restoration (iRest)(R) provides an empirically-validated, secular framework for nourishing this way of approaching all of life, including welcoming challenging material. You might consider the first step to be an almost-childlike willingness to experience life first-hand, fresh in each moment.
I hope that you will join me for a day-long, in-person retreat on November 7th, 2020 during which we will cultivate skills for Finding the Divine in All Things.