Recently a discussion came up about reality. What is it? It is what is REALLY happening opposed to what we want to be happening. This sounds very simple. It is very simple. It doesn’t become much more simple. Yet it is the root of nearly all of our frustrations, fears, anger, sadness, if it feels icky youcan bet it is because we are fighting the reality of what is around us.
I am a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality. We can know that reality is good just as it is, because when we argue with it, we experience tension and frustration. We don’t feel natural or balanced. When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless. – Byron Katie
This isn’t some brand new weird new age stuff here. It is in fact the opposite, it is the basic instinct in us to be loving and gentle and easy going. Many of us have no clue how to even start getting towards reality because we are so wrapped up in stubbornly believing the world will bend to our superior will. Have you ever thought that something should be other than it was? Has it ever changed because of this thought? Has it ever made you feel happier? More free? No. It has not. I once heard someone say something that stuck with me. “I shall not should on myself.” No say it out loud. Oh, clever. It is not easy, but it is possible to slowly start loving things the way they are.
~Angelic Marie Bowman
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