Pema Chödrön said: “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
I believe the idea need not be limited to people. Any obstacle, barrier, or hurdle standing between us and our goals can likewise be thought of as a teacher, or at least a nugget containing learning.
Engaging calmly with whatever is hampering our advancement need not be considered a loss of time. Perhaps the key to our overall success lies at the heart of what at first glance may be thought of as a distraction or disturbance to us.
I have noticed how despite my desire to complete a task as quickly as possible, it is often during the so-called ‘disruption’ that I’m able to find an idea or solution to eventually take me forward. Being receptive to discovering value in any moment might be the key to its discovery.
When we embrace each moment, treating things and people as they are not as we wish them to be, our situation can take on a new perspective. So often it is the fight against reality which clouds our thinking and causes us to magnify incidents and suchlike into mountains to be scaled.
Additionally, though we may believe we have everything on the path leading to our objectives under our control, there may come times we need to stop and perhaps reassess our options. Blindly continuing what we have always done might not be sensible in the light of new developments.
It seems to come down to a question of whether we are prepared to at least consider learning can come to us in all manner of ways, or not. If we are open, even the aforementioned obstacles can therefore contain nuggets of learning for us.
In the next posting I’ll examine the third step: ignoring aspects of the obstacle which do not directly impact on or impede our progress. If you wish to join the conversation with a comment, I’d love to hear from you. In any case, thanks for stopping by.