10 June 2021 — AN OPPORTUNTY OR AN OBSTACLE? —MAKING THE BEST OF WHAT WE CANNOT CHANGE HOWEVER MUCH WE WISH WE COULD
One of the sayings ringing in my mind is ‘EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON’.
One of the joys in my life is being outside and WALKING — walking to the green open spaces which lie not far from me even though I live on a busy main road. Each area, I feel, has a different ‘energy’ and inspires me in different ways.
At the moment, however, I am experiencing problems with my foot which makes walking very painful. I am lucky enough to have people to shop for me so have no essential reason to go out. I just go STIR CRAZY staying in.
And yet, there are so many things I tell myself I need to do and now I have the opportunity to do them instead of moaning and groaning and feeling SORRY FOR MYSELF. Not the least of these many things is SITTING MEDITATION instead of what I call WALKING MEDITATION. (I was, as a Buddhist Nun trained in both kinds.)
On some level I have attracted the problems with my feet and I am sure it would be useful to meditate upon the questions ‘WHY HAVE I ATTRACTED THIS? and WHAT DO I HAVE TO LEARN?
HOW INDEED CAN I MAKE THIS SEEMING OBSTACLE INTO AN OPPORTUNITY?