My darlings, I see many of you are already writing about the catalytic event that’s happened. Since you’re reading this post, I’m going to assume that you’re not rejoicing. Personally, I’d really like to get up and walk out of this particular movie. Here’s the thing, though. We can’t let this push us into dark, downward spirals. We can’t add injury to insult by becoming wild with fear, or going back to smoking, or hating what is. Instead, we can feel into our shaken hearts with compassion and an open mind, because we have no idea what the final outcome of any event may be. This is a time I call Square One. The general guidelines for these periods are to pull attention into the present, and to allow ourselves to feel what we’re feeling. Don’t follow your mind into anger or fear. Don’t catastrophize before there’s clear and present danger. Instead, look around the room. Feel your arms, your feet, your shoulders. Feel how gravity still works. Notice there are no monsters here, except perhaps the ones in your mind. You’re okay. Right now, you’re okay. Remember that troubled times are our allies in awakening. They compel us to access the deep, untroubled beings that we really are. The hero engages with destiny only on the road of trials. Each of us is the central character of our own story, and tonight, it’s true, the road ahead looks long. Let’s use it as a chance to grow wiser and stronger, to become heroes we’re all meant to become. And now I’m going to eat a pie. Love, Martha
"When you ask for positive change in your life, make no mistake, you are calling the whirlwind." In this video I talk about how to weather life's "perfect storms." The blog post I refer to is here: http://marthabeck.com/2016/09/the-storm-before-the-calm/
Give yourself permission to stay in the present life until it’s unbearable. That permission will free you from staying too long.
YOUR SUFFERING IS TRYING TO HELP YOU. We all encounter times of suffering, and when we're in the middle of it, pain often feels pointless. It isn't. I hope today's video helps those of you going through such a time, and if you know someone who could benefit from hearing this, go ahead and tag them in the comments. Love, Martha
Your relationship is not supposed to be perfect all the time, your business is not supposed to do well all the time, your soufflés are not supposed to raise perfectly all the time. Everything is designed to go wrong so that you can gain the skills of rediscovering your tracks, even in difficult or frightening circumstances. Especially in difficult and frightening circumstances.