This image sums up life exceedingly well, don’t you think 😉
But I’ve noticed people deny its truth in favour of thinking everything “should” be perfect, or smooth, or easy.
It’s not. It has never been.
It’s both. It’s up and down. It’s pleasing and displeasing. It’s fun and not so fun.
You can, however, tend to your own thinking about how life really is.
It’s the only thing you can control after all. You can’t control the outside world. But you can think new thoughts about this world that you live in.
So, here’s some guidance, from myself and the Teachers, on how to manage those highs and those lows of life.
Use a retrospective lens:
In a moment of stress, you can look back and see that you’ve been here before and you were ok. You made it through to the other side and will do so again.
In a moment of success, you can look back and recognise that you’ve been here before too and you need to remember to make the most of it. Take a moment to breathe it in but notice all the work YOU did to get here too.
Get a little reality check:
No low ever means that it can’t get any worse… Because regardless of those highs just around the corner is that problem you’ve been repressing for far too long and you won’t be able to outrun it forever.
No high ever means you can kick back and relax now that your life mission is complete. There’s more to do, experience, and receive.
Build a sense of humour:
In those low moments, the simplest thing you can do is to laugh. It costs nothing. It changes your vibe. It reshapes your perception of the situation. It implies that you’ll survive this. You’ll be ok. It will all be sorted out.
In those high moments, the simplest thing you can do is laugh. And remember how in those low moments when you thought it was all over, the dream was dead, there was no coming back… you proved yourself wrong. YOU fucking did that!