The Petri Dish of Suffering

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“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”
~ Ben Okri

This life is full of tragedy and loss. Sometimes, it is challenging to wrap the mind around it, and painful to wrap the heart around it. What a trip… what a ride.

To ignore the sorrow or tragic aspects of the Whole, and attempt to “be” or see only the easy soft lovely ‘beautiful’ parts; to deny the juicy messy ‘ugly’ painful parts, is life only partially tasted, partially lived. It is unawakened or partially awakened believing it is fully awakened. When we transcend, even if only for a moment in time (literally) we then know it is all part of the deal. Not just some of it. ALL of it. It is then that the shadow, painful, tragic aspects, can also be seen as ‘beautiful’ if one chooses.

We are here right now in the midst of an earthly physical/mental firestorm day-to-day. How we think, act and react to whatever is, has been, or will be — including the tragedies, losses and suffering in our lives and the lives of our extended earthly family, is the material realm petri dish where TRUE heroes, TRUE sages, TRUE awakened and enlightened beings are born… again and again and again.

No human is excluded from this experiment, so let’s each, from wherever we are right now, consciously love one another in our individual and collective suffering. And let’s be courageous and embrace a little of the shadow aspects of our individual and collective humanity today — even if we weep until the sun rises tomorrow.

– mu

July 17, 2014

 

 

2 thoughts on “The Petri Dish of Suffering

  1. Beautifully said. I totally agree with you. I never knew if it was healthy or not, but I’ve always been one to wallow in my suffering until I felt ready to embrace the happier, brighter side of life again. I have come to realize that fully experiencing the sadness and misery, no matter how painful it is, has led to so much more growth than if I had tried to ignore my problems and numb the pain. Too many people don’t understand this and keep looking for distractions.

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