Finding Comfort in the Uncomfortable

 

Life can be difficult. Sometimes we don’t understand why we have difficulties, and asking why doesn’t help. What does help is to ask what will I do now? Or how will I respond?

Jack Kornfield reminds us that every spiritual life has difficulties because every ordinary life does. However, in a spiritually informed life, our difficulties can be a source of awakening, deepening wisdom and patience.

There is a wonderful tale about a king who has a boulder put on a road leading to his kingdom. He then hides to see if anyone will remove it. Many wealthy people come by but they all choose to go around it. After a while a peasant carrying a heavy load comes along. He puts down his pack and struggles with the boulder. After pushing and straining for quite a while he succeeds in pushing the boulder a side. He then sees a purse where the boulder had been. Inside finds many gold pieces and a note from the king declaring that it all belonged to the person who removed the boulder. The moral of the story is every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

Brother David Stendl-Rast, writes that there are many situations in life that hurt and we none of us would feel grateful to bear them. Gratefulness however isn’t a feeling, it’s an attitude, and we can control our attitudes. Gratefulness is a stance we take on life. We can decide to stay open to life and choose to live gratefully.

Ernest Holmes taught that we are more than anything that can happen to us. We can use spiritual principles to overcome any condition that life presents to us. We can move beyond fear and doubt to grow wiser and more serene, when we see every experience as being capable of teaching us a lesson. Whether we grow or become a victim is entirely up to us. I read that Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis, once told a student of his, “There is no certainty; there is only adventure. Even stars explode.”            

            

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About revrgfox

Rev. Ron Fox serves as the minister of the Center for Spiritual Living-Space Coast in Rockledge, Florida. Prior to serving in Florida, he was the minister of the Spiritual Enrichment Center in Peoria, Arizona; he has also served in Auburn and Seal Beach, California. Rev. Ron has served as an Ecclesiastical Representative, Chair of the Asilomar Planning Committee, and Chair of the UCSL Awards Committee. He is a gifted speaker and a published writer, and his inspirational style is coupled with a keen sense of humor, making him a favorite with audiences everywhere he has spoken. Rev. Ron and his wife Becky, a UCSL Practitioner, graphic designer and artist, reside in Merritt Island, Florida.

Posted on May 14, 2013, in Inspirational and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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