when life kicks you in the teeth, how do you deal with it?
21 Apr 07
When I feel like life kicks me in the face, it tends to sharpen my awareness as to what is going on. I am usually just bowling along through life takes things for granted, sort of resting on my laurels. There is nearly always a lesson to be learned there somewhere usually it is about paying greater attention. To me it's karma as I chose a Zen path many decades ago and the "rewards" are hard won, but I wouldn't have it any other way, although sometimes whilst going through it I get a bit miffed. Life is a roller coaster and it's always best to participate in the ride of the car rather than slow it down so that it hasn't got enough momentum to get up the other side.
22 Apr 07
I know it can be hard when we are right at the bottom. I find that I experience quite a lot too. Using focus on "what is so" gives me insight. Extending my mindfulness from my meditation practice into day-to-day activity helps me to transcend the problems. Meaning that it is still there, but I am more of an observer than a victim. It's a different state of consciousness that I aim for. Life is a problematic experience in which we learn to "be". As children we were given problems in say a maths,to solve and our brains would develop greater abilities in the subject. I feel it is the same with life.
• United States
21 Apr 07
Well of course I'm not thrilled when life kicks me in the teeth and god knows I've had my share of bizzare setbacks and detours...some of the events that I've been through would've defeated most people...but one friend of mine said I'm a very strong person..I just have to have more faith in myself--hard to do at times..but when something heavy duty does come my way, I don't hide my head in the sand...I make moves to do something about it...guess there's a bit of the fighter in me..I'm just to stubborn to back down and give in to defeat