Finding the meaning in our life experiences, especially in the most challenging times, makes it possible for us to not only survive but also thrive in the difficult times.
Life is a symbolic journey. Just as we can read the symbolism of our dreams, so we can read our life experiences. A hidden gift is always wrapped within the challenge. It can be a grand opportunity to heal, strengthen, expand, transform and refine our contribution.
We are here to evolve ourselves, support one another and uplift the quality of life on this planet. If we can see ourselves in this light while in the throes of physical illness, loss and other challenges, we are more able to be curious and ask ourselves, ‘How might this be serving me?’
When we are able to frame our life circumstances in the context of a larger story, we can ascribe a purpose and better tolerate the disturbance and instability. Fear will have less of a hold on us and we can regain our sense of humor for this mad journey, we call Life. I think Hafiz portrays it well:
Tripping Over Joy
What is the difference
between your experience of
and that of a saint?
The saint knows
that the spiritual path
is a sublime chess game with God
and that the Beloved
has just made such a Fantastic Move
that the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
and bursting out in Laughter
and saying, “I Surrender!”
Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.