When things get tough, our urge is to tough it out, when instead we need to soften. When the going gets tough, what do we do?
How to turn obstacles into opportunities:
Bringing Obstacles to Path.
In Buddhism, we learn about the notion of “bringing obstacles to path.”
It’s profound stuff. And so simple: we no longer have to regard tough days or problems as…problems. We can regard them as messages that we’re off, and that we have something to learn.
This isn’t new agey talk. This is practical stuff! We can actually relax beyond hope, and fear, both. We can rest in fundamental confidence. Not arrogance: we still feel our hearts, fully. We’re empathetic, open, tender.
As Lincoln said, “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” So we defeat our problems when we no longer regard them as bad news, but rather simply as news we can use.
The shift is so simple. I describe it in the above video in more depth, with lessons via Trungpa Rinpoche. Imagine if we could handle defeats in the same manner we celebrate victories? Imagine if life ahead could be an open plain, instead of a bruising run down a crowded football field?
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Yours in the Vision of an Enlightened Society,
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