Stress is caused by being ‘here’….but wanting to be ‘there’ – Eckhart Tolle
Whenever we decide that being over there “we will be happier, wiser, healthier, richer, calmer” instead of being where we are, we lose sight of being present and the healings associated with accepting every situation.
Understandings to help us become present.
- Not knowing/Surrendering
Not knowing what may happen in our life can leave us feeling out of control and yet, when we are able to acknowledge we do not know what may be ahead, we can accept the fact that in not knowing, we may discover there is an expansive plan that will lead us to our dreams and goals.
Bearing witness is observing ourselves through the process, simply allowing and being with all that arises in us during the many stages in life, good and bad, without feeling the need to judge or change our situation. Although this part is extremely difficult to do in times of immense stress and grief, in practising this process, we will find peace.
Once we are practising the first two then overtime, we are naturally able to become compassionate to ourselves and to those around us. When we acknowledge only what we know in this moment, we will not allow fear into our future or expect the same pain from the past.