Sometimes the days when you feel the least connected can be the most fruitful. Part of the practice of being present is staying present even when you’re feeling out of sync. There are days when I notice the voice in my head getting frustrated with the smallest things. When I experience a day where a stranger sitting too close to me on the bus gets to me, I find it is a good opportunity to explore where the negative energy is coming from.
Occasionally the thoughts in my head give rise to negative emotions. But more often than not, I first experience a low-level of unhappiness or discomfort emotionally that ends up giving rise to negative thinking. Watching yourself, when you are reactive or irritated, builds the power of your presence even more powerfully than when you are watching yourself have a positive experience. Spiritual growth happens in these uncomfortable moments.
The mind will often try to solve discomfort and in turn create more discord. Noticing this as it happens is a crash course in awareness. The strength of your own presence creates powerful roots of awareness during seasons of discontent. This means that no matter what outer and inner circumstances you witness throughout your life, you will have the anchor of your own presence guiding you and working all situations for your good. This doesn’t make negative energy any more comfortable, but it gives it meaning through the valuable lessons gleaned from it.
Eckhart Tolle provides an amazing free online resource for spiritual awakening and learning about presence. You can sign up for this free online “UnCourse,” as he calls it, here: https://www.eckharttolle.com/uncourse/register/. Whether you are experiencing times of joy, or discord, the opportunity for a more awakened consciousness is always readily available.
2 thoughts on “When The Going Gets Tough”
Great post and I agree wholeheartedly – mind over matter is really significant. Thank you for the Eckhart Tolle resource too, very helpful! I run a blog that deals with managing anger & mental health using mindful lifestyle changes, please check it out 🙂 Caroline (Tame the Temper)
Thanks Caroline I look forward to reading your posts!