|The Mystery within..|
There was a vacuum cleaner commercial some years back with the slogan, “Life’s messy. Clean it up.” I’ve learned from life’s traumas to keep cleaning because like vacuuming it’s not something I do once. Learning from trouble requires ongoing engagement. The important thing is to do the work again and again. If there were no struggles, would we ever know true forgiveness? And how else would compassion be learned?
My traumas taught me about hope, trust, patience, reflection and planning along with forgiveness and compassion. I heard Martin Luther King had said, “Struggle is about hope.” His words helped me accept my angst in caring for my aging parents. Also enlightening and comforting, was a copy of a Teilhard de Cardin’s prayer, “Above All Trust in the Slow Work of God.” That prayer seemed to find me whenever I really needed to let go and trust things would eventually work out. I also remember being very open to everyone and everything around me during that difficult time. My heightened awareness to the people, places and things I encountered daily were the source my learning, along with reflection and writing that clarified the next steps I needed to take.
I sometimes long for that heightened alertness that made me so very present to what was going on around me, but not the accompanying trauma. Lately, I tried applying Bessel A. van der Kolk’s recommendation to hover calmly and objectively over my thoughts, feelings and emotions as a way to access mindfulness and not be highjacked by my emotions. It did help me respond to others more calmly and made me want to plan for better outcomes in daily living.
What if we could all know struggle stands for hope and to trust mindfulness will eventually lead us to better life outcomes?