Running To or Running Away
Ever felt that your life was so out of control that you just wanted to run away? I know I have many times; fortunately I never gave in to the impulse. For one thing how do we know that what we are running to is better than what we are leaving? The answer is we don’t. I find this advice from Ernest Holmes reassuring, “When you become confused stop and listen to your inner calm. Turn from confusion to that deeper something within, say. I am submerged in peace, I am surrounded by peace, I am immersed in peace, there is nothing but peace, peace, deep, calm, undisturbed.” The next time you are feeling confused try repeating those words out loud and see the calming effect they have.
Todd Henry tells us, “Running away from something is not a strategy.” When we make a choice we should be moving toward something we desire not moving from fear, confusion or despair. Ask yourself if you are running toward something that excites you or running from something because it’s not where you are? Joseph Campbell reminds us, “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems to be the most challenging.” When he advises us to follow our bliss he is telling us move toward something that is calling us.
Pema Chodrin has a sign on her wall that reads, “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.” Our lives don’t always run smoothly, we have disappointments, losses, grief and hurts. But whatever we are experiencing may not be the final chapter it may be the beginning. No one can avoid pain and suffering, but our life is a process not an event, it’s all about the journey. It’s not about who we are but rather who we are becoming, and running from difficult situations doesn’t help us find the answer.
Posted on May 15, 2014, in Inspirational and tagged follow our bliss, Inspiration, Joseph Campbell, listen to inner calm, opportunities, Pema Chodrin, running away, running to, running to excitement, Spiritual, spiritual growth. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.