Enjoy this moment. Somewhere something you're doing is going well.
The bed you lay in is warm and comfy.
Your tea is perfect.
You step outside and feel the sun.
At this moment things are good.
A problem or obstacle is coming. Of this, I'm sure.
We can simultaneously see what's good and expect the next challenge.
This bed is comfy, but you must get out of it.
This tea will soon be cold.
Today's win is the moment before tomorrow's loss.
This is the rhythm of your life.
Obstacle and achievement.
Comfort and discomfort.
It's easy to be swept into this like a tide, caught off guard with each new wave that comes, good or bad.
Happy when times are good.
Shocked when times are tough.
But that would be a mistake in not seeing this game for what it is.
Having awareness of this rhythm, we can come to understand it.
To savor the good moments while knowing it's temporary.
To expect the obstacles to come and laugh at their arrival.
It's like your problems are knocking at your door, and you can try and hold the door shut, or choose to let them in.
Because both are the same coin.
The error is in your perception of duality.
In seeing them as separate.
In getting hit by waves you aren't expecting.
Instead of recognizing that this...
Is just the rhythm.
Tara Brach's adaptation of the RAIN philosophy:
Recognize what is happening;
Allow the experience to be there, just as it is;
Investigate with interest and care;
Nurture with self-compassion.
Her book Radical Compassion combines so well with your prose.
I think balancing the yin/yang to life and its fleetingness holds a lot of wisdom self-compassion
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