We all struggle with circumstances.
It hurts to see someone struggling, but who lacks the life-experience or skills to know how to remain calm even during difficult times.
It hurts even more, when it’s someone who otherwise has a commitment to yoga, meditation, or some other spiritual resource.
Meditation, centering, quiet prayer are, or can be, necessary additions to our daily lives. But along with them, we must make conscious choices in how to meet the challenges that face us.
“Remaining calm” isn’t “enlightenment,” it’s true. But the peace we find while doing our spiritual technique is easily dissipated by giving in to sadness, worry, anger, and so on, after we’ve finished or before we’ve even begun.
So, let’s stop regarding our “spiritual practice” as only our meditation or silent prayer.
Let’s now begin to expand the definition to include having a peaceful response to all people and events.
Let’s look into the spiritual literature we most revere — whether it be the Bible or the Bhagavad Gita or Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras or the Lotus Sutra or the Gospels or the Hadith (oral tradition of Islam), and so on.
Let’s find those quotations that point us in the direction of how to achieve and maintain peace of mind.
Then — let’s apply them in our own lives. Daily.
Let’s see sadness, anger, worry and so on for what they really are: A message to us about an area of our personal lives in which there’s room to grow.
Ask yourself tonight: Are you the same person today that you were yesterday?
Who do you want to be tomorrow?