It’s a backhanded compliment:
And then it backhands us.
(Like an abuser.)
(Which it is.)
Imperfection is okay, then.
It just means the we are human--right?
So what tools in our kit of mindful living might be useful when our experience of living feels constrictive, when things seem very strongly as if they ought to be different (and better!) than they are right now?
Here's a good one:
Befriend things are as they are.
But how do I befriend reality when it feels unacceptable?
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Paradox: two incompatible things that are both, somehow, mind-blowingly, true.
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We all want to live unstuck. We just don't know how. Because HOW is a paradox.
So, if we are going to invite ourselves to experience life-unstuck, let's make it easy.
Let's allow the inherent paradox. Let's examine its two incompatible elements.
Incompatible Thing One
Living unstuck happens fast—happens instantly, in fact. It always and only happens in this moment, in this present unfolding now, in this instant melting and melding, in this knowing of each in-breath and outward touch and word unsaid and minute stretch of muscle and thought and on and always.
Incompatible Thing Two
Living unstuck takes time. Old patterns loosen their grip on our consciousness only over the course of time as it unfolds through our lives.
An easeful resolution . . .
Moment after moment of awareness (Incompatible Thing One) that we are life (as Tolle says) loosens the patterns of thought, behavior, and emotions that otherwise keep us stuck.
Lynnea (her Ph.D. being in English) shares her training and wisdom here, to help her gentle readers live freely and fully in the unfolding present.