The challenge of living in the 21st century

Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth; it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened. ~ Pema Chodron

Hello All,

After the bomb blasts rocked the finish line of the Boston marathon on April 15, 2013, returning to any sense of normalcy has proved to be challenging. But then the above missive appeared in my inbox, and it seemed so very appropriate to share with you when our collective nerves are frayed and “charged”. Our lives are full of challenges and events that are beyond our control. The choice we do have is that we can “control” our attitude. Is there the “expansiveness” in us to acknowledge this tragedy yet still have the capacity to reach out and create a community of caring? Perhaps what we often call “heroism” is an act of caring – witness the first responders who reached out to tend to the injured. Even in my own circles, my friends from out-of-town reached out to me to ask if I and my family were okay (fortunately, we are). Knowing I was part of a “community” and a collective desire to help has afforded me great comfort and solace – I hope it does for you also.

The “wisdom” of the collective has been part of many cultures. Yet often, I sense it has received “short shrift” in the perceived reality of our society.  I invite you to “challenge” yourself to experience “expansiveness” by taking small steps out of your comfort zone.  Take a different route to work – disrupt your routine in some small way.  You might find that being “uncomfortable” really isn’t so scary after all.

As always, thank you for staying in touch and letting me know about how you are living in these “challenging” times!

Elaine

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