Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the ability to walk forward in spite of the fear.
“The willingness to open to life’s difficulties does not depend on liking them.” ~Ezra Bayda~
When challenges arise, when we encounter loss or disappointment or experience the upheaval of the unexpected, the first response is often to think that something is wrong and that it needs to be fixed. This is the natural human tendency.
The spiritual seeker has a greater ability to bring higher consciousness to these moments of challenge. Observing the ego-mind response or reactive instincts, we can choose to pause, recognize repetitive patterns and open to the messages inherent in the present moment.
It can be helpful to utilize questions that move you into a higher level of awareness. Traditionally, one might ask, “What is this?” using the question as a koan to break free from rational thought.
All the words or explanations we use are merely pointers to higher truths. Beyond the lessons we receive from life’s duality and contrast is the law of love, the peacefulness of evolution. To see clearly we must be present with what is and work with it, rather than against it.