Now, when I am about to label something as “bad,” I take a step back and ask what lesson am I supposed to learn from this challenge in my life. It isn’t easy, but I realize that everything is a lesson and if I don’t learn the lesson the first time, the universe keeps giving me more opportunities to learn the lesson.
For example, my house was burglarized and I of course was upset and scared. It took a lot of work to live in the present moment. It did me no good to worry about the house being burglarized again. I did learn from the experience and took actions to protect the house better with an alarm system and a new more secure door. But, whenever I would start to worry about being robbed, I would use my anchor and take a long deep breath and tell myself that nothing bad was happening in this moment.
The lesson I needed to learn was detachment. With time, I realized it was just “stuff” that was stolen. When I die, I will not get to take my “stuff.” Who I am at my core is not my “stuff.” I would not want others to be robbed, but I learned a great lesson and I care much less about the possessions in my life.
The present moment is all there is and it is perfect. If I am aware that I am labeling or judging, I stop and look for the lesson to be learned.
Think of something that you labeled as “bad” or “negative” in your life. What lesson was concealed within that situation?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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