You are awakened by the dog at 4:45am. You didn’t want to get up until 7:30am.
Your computer at work crashes – has a nasty virus that can’t be removed. System will have to be completely reformatted.
You are a sales representative at a software firm. You never wanted to be in sales.
You are on the way to the beach. It’s raining.
You want to work out tonight. You hit your knee and it’s too sore to even walk on, much less workout on. Now you fear getting fat.
You owe money on your house. You wish it were paid off.
Your co-worker is negative, complains about most everything, couldn’t see the bright spot in something if it hit her in the face. You wish she were positive, happy, ate right, did The Work of Byron Katie, wouldn’t freak out over small things. You realize, you are just like her.
So how to not only WANT what IS but LOVE IT? as Byron Katie so often speaks about. I really don’t know. She seems to live on a totally different planet than I do. Sees the world completely different. Sees no problems. Eckhart Tolle and other teachers seem to have ‘seen the light’ as well – experienced a shift in consciousness.. Some call it Awakening. Others Enlightenment. Some people, who have never heard of either term, just seem to truly Love What Is, without much effort at all… without much resistance to Life. They are truly amazing human beings. Beings who by choice or chance, have found the ability to rise above what most ordinary people would call ‘this world’ or Life. A totally new perspective.
At times, I wonder if there is something wrong with me.. that I can not SEE what they see – experience what they experience – understand what they understand. I’d like to see the belief that ‘something must be wrong with me’ as a false belief. Not true. Insane even! But it is still there.. underlying everything.
Is suffering, even the ‘simple’ suffering (i.e. spilling coffee on white pants) optional? or is it necessary for growth, for awakening? or both?