Current world events are conspiring to push us into the next phase of our evolution by tearing down established structures and causing us to reconsider the rules of the game we’ve been playing — even the game itself.
The more attached we are to our the status quo the more difficult we will find these times.
The status quo is no longer.
The structure of life as we knew it is being dismantled in front of our eyes. Our long-held assumptions about “the way the world works” and our place in it are being shattered.
The natural effect of all of this is to feel disrupted, distracted, dis-ease, and even despair with current circumstances.
Even if you view the changes as much-needed and long-overdue, some resistance is inevitable.
Change itself — even when we view the change as positive — evokes grief and fear. This is natural and normal.
We are going through a collective loss: loss of the way things used to be, loss of who we used to be, loss of how we related to the world, loss of things we once took for granted.
The shattered illusion of control is also a loss to grieve. The sudden realization that we are not in control can be unsettling.
The fact that we are grieving is not something to shy away from; it is something to honor, acknowledge, and embrace. This loss needs to be grieved, even if you believe it clears the way for something better. It is only through grieving that we can clear the ground for what is to emerge.
We don’t know what lies ahead, how things will play out, what will happen.
Everything arising right now is uncomfortable. That’s the point.
In a culture that tends to resist uncomfortable circumstances and emotions, this creates suffering.
But it doesn’t have to. Suffering is a choice.
The issue is not whether we feel uncomfortable, but rather what is my relationship with discomfort?
What do we do with the discomfort?
If we try to avoid the discomfort by clinging to the status quo and the illusion of control, this will inevitably intensify and prolong our suffering.
Or we can use the discomfort to catalyze our growth.