When it comes to your own well-being, life has a funny way of showing you exactly where you need to grow.
In my life, I'm constantly being tested and pushed against my boundaries. On one hand, it feels like I ought to build a fortress so strong, a life of such control, where I'm not being pushed against these inner walls.
But that's the approach most people take, and it's why most people are suffering.
When you think that the answer to life's problems involves getting what you want, and making sure everything and everybody around you behaves according to your plan, you're in big, big trouble. But don't worry, you're also in big company. Everyone's doing this.
You see, life is not about making the world unfold according to your personal preferences. Life is not about control. It's not about manipulation of reality and other people, so that you feel good.
Life is not personal. It has nothing to do with your likes and dislikes, so stop treating it as such, and then getting disappointed when it doesn't happen the way you want.
The truth is, life has been unfolding for billions of years, and it will continue to go on for many more billions of years. It knows what it's doing. It doesn't need you and I to step in and fix it. It needs us to participate in it. To harmonize with it. To elevate it. Not to manipulate it to solve our own personal garbage.
Why do you think there are any so-called problems? Why do you think there's pollution, corruption, greed, discrimination, or injustice? It's because for the longest time, all throughout human history, our species hasn't evolved enough spiritually (aside from very few great beings), and we think the answer to our inner problems is in the outside world.
Few people even question this. Most of us take for granted that life needs to happen a certain way in order for us to not be pushed against our walls. When we don't run into our walls, we feel okay. Sometimes we feel good. Once in a blue moon, we feel ecstatic. But for most of us, that's the exception, not the rule.
But why? Why can't we feel constant love, joy, and enthusiasm, 24 hours a day, for the rest of our lives, and have an amazing life where we interact with the world, and other people, and do incredible things?
Isn't there a whole universe of liberation outside of the tiny mental and emotional fortresses we've been building for ourselves for our entire lives?
I'd like to think so.
Live with substance!