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fall down seven timesFall down seven times get up eight.” Japanese Proverb

Every moment is a learning experience.

Hmmm…..really? It doesn’t seem like it at times does it. We have all had our bad days, and challenging life experiences but what about real issues….broken hearts, abuse, and even death. All of this is a learning experience….really?

Our experience of life in this vessel that we are carrying around is simply our context. What if we shifted our context to a context that everything in life happens exactly the way it is supposed to? Everything. What if our context shifted from that of a victim, and of bad luck to that of gratitude for every moment? What would this look like?

If we truly stood in the space of gratitude for every moment and that everything happens exactly the way it is supposed to then our context shifts to one who is always a student, always learning. Every challenging moment turns into a training and development moment for our inner self. This inner self that is so driven to connect back to the source, connect back to love. Standing in this space there are no mistakes or set backs, we simply get knocked down, we learn and we stand up again. The perseverance of our spirit far outweighs any perceived set back. The power of our inner self far outshines any darkness.

Herein lies the missing piece. We are not this bag of bones that we stare at in the mirror. This thought makes me laugh in its smallness. We are powerful beyond measure. We are a divine light connected to everything. There are no limits to our capabilities. The universe conspires for our greatness. The universe is filled with love. Once we let go of our egotistical thoughts that we are alone, or that life is about us, we can connect to this greater source. I am you, you are me. We are divine and we shine bright.

The paradox is in our humanness. Our mind tells us how different we are, and why others are to blame for our lot in life. We point fingers elsewhere, and our mind tries to protect us through fear, and anger and manipulation. Our mind is a strong force pulling us into our humanness and away from a universal connection of love. Deep within you, this is who you are, simply a bunch of vibrating, beautiful energy that cannot be described with words. The word love is an attempt to express this way of being, this light that shines so brightly within every single living being. Yet, we are human. We do make mistakes. Our mind has its way with us and we believe it at times and we suffer. This is our humanity, our spiritual gravity.

In order to free ourselves from this weight, we have to go back to that mirror of ours. Look beyond the flesh and bones. Truly get that there is no where else to look. Go ahead and point your fingers into the mirror as they will keep coming back to you. You alone are responsible for the creation of your life. You create and you choose. Life happens. Set backs are inevitable. People are human, they make mistakes and hurt each other. Death will happen. And……everything happens exactly the way it is supposed to. Doesn’t this thought alone free you from this spiritual gravity?

My pain is your pain, yours is mine. Every breath, every living creature is an expression of me. Any thought or action in different to this is an obstacle to my path back to the source. Any thought away from love and compassion is a thought binding me to suffering. As Buddha stated, ‘we are our thoughts- what we think, we become.’ Our mind binds us to this human baggage and holds our thoughts in anger and fear. Our lives become this. We become a set of thoughts and actions that experiences life through these very near-sighted lenses. Our light becomes dim and even vanquished. Our possibilities become limited. We suffer and become lost.

Breathe. Everything happens exactly how it is supposed to happen. Everything. Put aside your anger, your fear. Let the world knock you down, find gratitude for these moments, and get up. These moments are priceless. As the Tao Te Ching states, we cannot find light without darkness. It is in this extreme darkness that light shines the brightest. With love and gratitude our light will shine.

In this I say to the universe, knock me down as I will simply get back up again. My spirit is insurmountable. I will exist and it is my choice in how I exist. I choose gratitude. I choose love.

I am you and you are me.

Call to Action:

  • Take accountability for life. It is a product of your thoughts and your actions. There is no where else to look.
  • Be insurmountable, get knocked down, find gratitude for this moment and GET UP. Always GET UP.
  • Choose who you are on this planet. BE LOVE.

Thomas D. Craig

Author A Cup of Buddha

seeker. adventurer. warrior

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