When we cling to the fleeting
enticements of this world —
of power, prestige, position, privilege and wealth
that so often attract, distract and ensnare us —
we really cling to
So what to do?
Why not try this?
When the shit hits the fan,
when your expectations are crushed,
when you feel like everything is being stripped away —
that you are losing everything —
and remind your self
of this universal truth —
innerstand that —
you are not being judged —
you are not being punished.
Life is offering you a wondrous gift —
the gift of freedom —
freedom from the misperceptions,
and false expectations
that have become the bars
that line the prison of your mind —
a personal ‘hell' of your own invention.
So welcome, hold and embrace the experience
with deep gratitude, reverence and wonder.
Knowing that what you may currently perceive as pain, agony and suffering
is actually a purification —
a rite of passage —
an initiation —
a gateway to emancipation —
freedom from the chains that bind and limit you —
emancipation from the fears, aversions, cravings and desires that have, for so long, bound, imprisoned and held you
from realizing your
May your every breath be peace, light and love.
— an adaptation of a teaching of 4th century monk and Desert Father, Abba Euprepios of Wadi El Natrun (i.e. 'the valley of Natron’)