A River Runs Through Us
You thank God for the good in your life but don’t thank Him for the bad. That is where you go wrong.
–Sri Ramana Maharshi
If you are anything like me you prefer it when things are easy and comfortable. I’ve really had to learn to thank challenge and discomfort for all the goodness that they provide. Challenge opens me up to the changes that I really need to make, to continue the process of growth unique to my experience. It’s easy to become entrapped in craving convenience and shunning inconvenience. Become revolutionary and learn to love what’s uncomfortable. You’ll be surprised by what ends up happening.
In my work with patients I actively encourage the paralleling between creating increased range of motion in the body and an increased range of emotion in feelings. It’s like manifest destiny all over again in a body that may have tightened up from trauma or postural constrictions. If you release one area of your life, you’re that much closer to releasing other areas.
A radio receiver works by tuning to a specific frequency and picking up messages traveling within that bandwidth. Many of us have our awareness attuned to a few specific channels, while there exists a whole varied realm we rarely visit. I’m here to encourage you to get out of what’s normal for you. After all, it’s the diversity in our experience rather than the predictability of our comfort that keeps us engaged in our lives. Open up, receive, and feel free to feel free – sometimes that means changing your station.
Take stock in the truth that life is motion. Life is motion, water is the messenger, and the air we breathe is our connection to Spirit. This is the basic triad to sustaining our life needs; all you need to do is add a little “sugar.” Attend to the basics by cultivating your joy around these things. Awaken and nurture your joy and help others to do the same thing – your joy and the joy of others really aren’t that separate anyway.
Dr. Taylor G Donovan