Humans seem very attached to struggling and striving. We strive to be perfect, and struggle to succeed. When we’re not struggling or striving for a goal we quickly become bored. But there is no one in control of our existence- but ourselves!
Many times it seems that others actions and word or certain difficult circumstances control us, or we feel we have been pushed out of Spirit Truth by the uncooperative attitudes of the people around us. It’s easy to feel powerless and victimized. We are surrounded by stories of abuse, pain, and hatred. Sometimes these things happen to us, or to someone we know.
In times of great stress, pain, sorrow, or anger we can empower ourselves by validating and accepting what we feel. These feelings are not wrong and the feeling themselves don’t mean there is something wrong with us. It means we are feeling- sad, stressed, hurt, or angry. Assigning a judgment to our feelings- or the feelings of others- means we believe there is a right way to feel and a wrong way to feel. All humans, at some time, will experience anger, fear, pain, and grief. Just as all of us will experience love, joy, peace, and enlightenment sometimes.
So when we are finished being angry, frustrated, worried, sad, and depressed- it’s perfectly possible to move into more pleasant emotions. But this doesn’t happen easily if we are unwilling to practice compassion for the self that is suffering. We want to give away compassion and healing to others in pain what if we practice giving that same forgiveness and support to ourselves when we are suffering?
The reason we keep falling into suffering is that we expect our outer world to mirror back to us Great Spirit’s Truths of love, joy, and peace. But what the world mirrors back to us is our own frustration, challenges and depression. So what if- what if we allowed ourselves to laugh more often? What if we appreciated the small joys of each day? What if we see life with the eyes of compassionate understanding? What if we make other people more important then ourselves- once in a while? What if this was your last day on earth?
Great Spirit, I step into Your light and Your song.
I surrender into peace.
I am held and filled with joy.
I open my heart
And reach out to embrace my brothers and sisters.
May our dreams shine forth
like a rainbow’s of promise.
May the winds of time blow me into the arms of Wisdom.
May the days and nights of my earthly life
blend into an eternal experience of Your grace.
May the swiftly flowing years
of my existence bring me
to the practice of loving compassion.
May the turning of the seasons teach me
to be patient and wait for the changes
that will bring me joy.