We often feel the only benchmark of being special is having a perfect life, staying comfortable, or not being challenged.
Being special doesn’t exempt us from hardships, which initiate our learning.
We have to allow enough contemplative space within our life for an imperfect situation to facilitate growth. Otherwise we won’t be able to see it impersonally. Instead, we would spend a lot of time, blaming others for our imperfect present or judge them of their imperfections. However, soon we realise, life changes when we look at our karma and change them and not others.
Perfect conditions may keep us comfortable, and ego happy, but they seldom facilitate growth, which is function of being challenged. To be pushed like a seed, a bud or seedling towards the light.
No one is exempted from growth or daily triggers which remind of work required within. The wise learn faster, through greater self awareness and detachment from external drama, and thus escape greater hardships.
We also realise, mindful living is not a luxury, but a necessity for freedom from repetitive cycles of pain and suffering. And that there are no shortcuts available for anyone. Awareness is the only way out. If we are not conscious of our choices, be it words, thoughts or actions and their consequences, we are living unconsciously.
In the end, it is but an inner journey from inner darkness to light.
Step in, today.
“May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.”
~ John O’Donohue