Finding Joy and Beauty in the Face of Adversity

We’ve all been in it, one way or another. And it’s very subjective that crisis, something that you would consider a stressful situation- for someone else could mean eye rolling or a gentle waving off. Unfortunately that doesn’t make it less real or problematic. However, there are ways to approach any life crisis and (hopefully) leave it, as a calmer and more conscious human being. Having my own little “era” I found that these thoughts really helped me change my perspective. So let’s talk about finding beauty in crisis:

ZooMing out…

…was the saying we heard million times, but what does it mean?

It basically means to try looking at your problem from the distance. By broadening the perspective and looking at all aspects of your life (and not just that one area) gives you possibility to see some solutions away from this problems “category”. It could be a person or perhaps a leeway. And not just the solution but also- how large this crisis actually is on the scale of our relatively short lives?

A Lesson

What is the lesson that could be learned here? I don’t mean it in any vengeful or karmic way, no no. What is a lesson here that will make you better, more loving and understanding person? Ram Dass said: Your entire life is a curriculum. Everything you’ve got on your plate is where the stuff for your enlightenment is. It’s breathtaking when you see the beauty of this design.

High & Low Tide

It was John Strelecky who wrote (in his The Why Cafe, phenomenal book btw): Life is a series of high and low tides. Like the movement of water, the the current sometimes pushes you, then you move almost effortlessly. And sometimes has the opposite direction. It pulls you away from where you want to go. So always try to remember that after every strong ebb, there comes the strong tide.

Clear Water

Thich Nhat Hanh said, yes another quote is coming: If we’re not calm, we can’t listen deeply and understand. But when our mind is calm, we can see reality more clearly, like still water reflecting the trees the clouds, and the blue sky. Stillness is the foundation of understanding and insight. Such a powerful thought! When you are anxious, depressed or stressed in any way- we can’t see things clearly. It’s limited by our emotional state. But when the head is “cool” and mind clear we can see the path ahead and who knows, maybe the solutions are there somewhere.

Breathing in, I see myself as still water. Breathing out, I reflect things as they are.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Ultimate peace

Would be to relax and trust the Universe that things are ultimately happening for your highest good. Remember that story of a man who was late and the plane took off? He was so frustrated and angry because he missed something important. But when the plane crashed that was the best thing that could happen to him. Too dramatic? Probably. But think about how many times have you felt the same about some problem? I bet many times. And who are you to say that this crisis is not one of those?

Good luck my friend.