Daily Meditation – May 29th, 2013

Modern spiritual leaders speak sometimes on the concept of playing the victim. I’ve read comments about how someone who feels like a victim needs to step into their own power and stop creating negative circumstances for themselves. I’ve read that those who feel they are a victim are weak and unable to hold themselves accountable. And I’ve read that the way out of these circumstances is through the law of attraction- think positive thoughts and your life will be full of positive things. Therefore, sometimes the implication is that if your life is full of negative things, then it’s your own fault because you must be thinking negative thoughts.

I find this line of thought rings somewhat true for me. Yes, there is some element of personal accountability for one’s circumstances that must come into play. Yes, there is great benefit to remaining positive in your thoughts. Getting lost in the idea that you are a victim or that the world is against you is unhealthy for your spirit. However, I think we are walking a fine line here to say that the difference between a joyful life and one of challenge is so simple.

Perhaps the concept extends beyond our realm of understanding, and we need to learn to be okay with that. You can do your part to be positive, to send peace and love out into the world, and attract good into your life. But it is inevitable that at some point, we will all have difficulty show up on our doorstep. Why? Well, maybe there doesn’t have to be a reason that we can see right now. For me, I know that once I have come through a particularly difficult time in my life, I am able to look back and see all of the things that I learned through the process. So perhaps these challenging times come because there is something that we have to learn through them. In any case, no amount of positive thinking would have averted such a necessary lesson for our souls to evolve. Sometimes our challenges come about to radically shift our perspective. And sometimes our challenges are preparing us for the work that we are here on Earth to do.

The key is to embrace the difficult times in your life. Instead of seeing yourself nearly drowning in the turmoil, see that you are indeed remaining afloat. Instead of feeling like this will be what you experience forever, start making baby steps towards something new. (Or big steps, if you’re so inclined.) Either way, keep moving forward. When you go to bed at night, celebrate that you have come so far. When you wake up in the morning, be grateful to see another day. And above all- find every possible moment of joy and laughter in the midst of the storm. These little moments will lift your spirit and help you remain open hearted along the way.

Mantra of the day: I embrace the challenges that I am facing as great teachers in my life. I celebrate all that I am learning from these difficult moments.

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