Is all experience necessary and good? Even if it’s bad?
In the wake of so many terrible events in our lifetimes, both local and abroad, small and large, I ponder this. In my own experience I have learned things from my tribulations and come out stronger for it. Is this what awaits us? Coming out on the other side of these tragedies stronger and wiser?
Somehow I don’t think so, but I’m not sure why – I am usually not such a defeatist.
Is it possible that we are losing the ability to self-reflect on the impact and condition that these events create, and instead we just react? Impulsively react, over and over again, even if the situation is the same and we should have learned a lesson from it the first time?
I have found personally in my life that if I am not seeing a lesson, or finding the right conclusion or understanding, I will keep encountering this same obstacle until I have conquered it. I have a feeling, an intuition, that we will be struggling to conquer these societal tragic events for a long, long time unless we can find the necessary space and time to soul search and reflect on why these events happen. With our pervasive and increasing desire for instant gratification and sound bite information, I anticipate this to be difficult for us as a culture.
All great faiths, religions and spiritual aspirations that have ever existed emphasized some form or type of self-reflection as being integral to being closer to God or the spiritual forces of this world. Prayer, meditation, chants, ritual, tai-chi, yoga, song, daily study – all of these things are essentially the same: time to reflect, ponder and grow closer with the voices and aspirational flow within so that we may drown out the dictations and mindless distractions from without. Are we lost if we cannot see within? If we cannot make time to connect, pray, meditate?
Is this the way to the heart intelligence* we are so starved for and yearn for? The true place and path of healing and divine love? The only way out of this mess?
This topic of meditation has been popping up for me so often lately. I get the hint universe! I guess it’s time to put my thoughts into action and connect more deeply with the source force within.
*For more on my take of ‘Heart Intelligence’, go here.