Sometimes life can throw us a curve!!! What to do???
Usually our initial response is either fight or flight…in other words become stressed, suffer intense emotional pain, harmful physical bodily reactions, and resist the situation one way or another. However, these reactions will only lead to increased trouble one way or another. With a troubled mind we cannot see our way clearly.
What is an alternative to these common reactions?
I would suggest that first and foremost we become calm…
As Eckhart Tolle explains:
“If you find your life situation unsatisfactory or even intolerable, it is only by surrendering first that you can break the unconscious resistance pattern that perpetuates that situation.
Surrender, is perfectly compatible with taking action, initiating change, or achieving goals. But in the surrendered state a totally different energy, a different quality, flows into your doing. Surrender reconnects you with the source-energy of Being, and if your doing is infused with Being, it becomes a joyful celebration of life energy that takes you more deeply into the Now. Through nonresistance, the quality of your consciousness and, therefore, the quality of whatever you are doing or creating is enhanced immeasurably. The results will then look after themselves and reflect that quality. We could call this surrendered action…
It is the quality of your consciousness at this moment that is the main determinant of what kind of future you will experience, so to surrender is the most important thing you can do to bring about positive change. Any action you take is secondary. No truly positive action can arise out of an unsurrendered state of consciousness.”
I would add that when we surrender then we are able to feel calm, and this calmness is the state of equanimity of mind. With equanimity we can “act” rather than “react.”
Thereby with equanimity, we can tap into that inner source of peaceful energy, take right action, and thereby transform our lives.
Even when life throws us a curve, with equanimity we can discover creative solutions!!!