Jack Kornfield An Invitation to Awaken
“Do not be afraid of your difficulty. Turn toward it. Hold your ground.”
Every life is filled with change and insecurity, and every life includes loss and suffering and difficulties that arise regularly.When we encounter difficult times in our lives, it is not just the outer changes, but often our own state of mind that causes us the most difficulty. Grief and anxiety, fear and loss, and other turbulent emotions that we carry with us and the stories we tell ourselves about the pains and trials of our lives can contribute to our suffering and illness until we learn how to release them.Often, our initial strategy is to simply run away. But we find that our troubles follow us. Paradoxically, one of the best ways to heal from emotional betrayal and abuse, from injury and illness and trauma, is to turn toward that which is injured within us. In fact, when we bring a caring and fearless attention to that which is injured and difficult, these very circumstances often offer us important lessons and even surprising gifts that will transform our lives.It is important to remember that the healing journey is not always about overcoming the difficulties we’re experiencing or about getting well, at least not completely. It sometimes requires learning to accept more fully the way things are, bringing a wise and compassionate spirit to the circumstances of our lives. We all have the capacity to heal, but we have to discover what form that healing is to take.By working with the teachings and meditations included in this book and audio, you will begin to trust the life force within you and learn the skills you need to transform your difficulties into a lamp that will guide you—and others—through the rest of your life.
Source- A Light in the Darkness, by Jack Kornfield
Adapted by G Ross Clark