One of my favourite sayings is, “What you resist persists.” The universe has a way of making sure we wake up to the stories we tell ourselves that keep us from the moment. At first, a tiny feather delicately lands on our shirt collar to stir our imagination towards new possibilities. If we ignore it, then a pebble taps us on the shoulder. Eventually, a stone stops us in our tracks. Finally, a grand piano comes crashing down, to make sure we hear the call to much-needed change. Have you ever experienced life-changing pebbles, rocks or pianos?
I believe the grand piano has dropped for us collectively today, as we face the global ecological and humanitarian crisis that MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, addresses. People everywhere have begun to sense that something is terribly wrong with our shared home. We can feel the distress in nature. And that disconnect is echoed in ourselves. Each one of us is a part of the Earth’s collective body, and today, the health of that body is suffering.
The Breaking Point
The increased agitation and the acts of violence towards humans and Nature that continue to happen around the world are a sign of illness. They call each of us to awaken into a new way of being. The status quo is no longer working. Many of us seem to be at a breaking point—whether we are experiencing health issues, relationship crises or job problems. What if we could see all of this as grace?
Break Down or Break Open?
I believe the gift of our breaking points is that they inspire our hunger for clarity and an end to suffering. This hunger is not warful or wrathful. That would only contribute to the heated mess we find ourselves in. The breaking point teaches us profound willingness to know no-thing, so that we become profoundly receptive to the grace that already is.
The issue is, in our personal defensiveness and attachments to suffering, we can be a bit like deflecting shields, even to grace.
What if, when you came to a breaking point, you allowed yourself to break open? Instead of trying to toughen up, what if you found the courage and serenity to know that you are already within grace, and let go of your ever-so-fixed sense of “me”? What might that feel like? What would you discover?
The Gift of Hitting Rock Bottom
Feeling disconnected from love creates wanting. This wanting becomes a frenzy, that creates pain, then more pain. Making choices from disconnection, we end up perpetuating it. Disconnection is our collective global addiction. We all suffer from it.
Those who have worked an addiction recovery program speak of the need to “hit bottom”. Bottom is where the pain of our repeated behaviour becomes so great that it outweighs whatever benefit our ego gets from it. When this happens, the desire for another way awakens within and we become open, ready and willing to live differently. In this way, hitting bottom is grace.
If you would like to experience peace, try allowing yourself to hit the bottom of your disconnected behaviour. Let it be a breakthrough, as you break open to the love the universe is already giving you – even in the love that is coming from my heart to you right now. By opening up, you might just find that there is a lot more love and light than you had previously noticed. The compassionate presence and grace that Nature showers upon us will never give up on you. It continues to call you home to the truth of our inherent interconnection.
Practice Inner Peace Now
Between now and next week, please ask yourself the following:
• Are there areas in my life that feel at a breaking point?
• What are they asking me to change?
• What are they asking me to open to?
• What might life look like if I allowed myself to open to them?
• What is the cost of not opening?
• What is the benefit of opening?
• Am I willing to open?
From my heart to yours,