How to deal with difficulties Jack Kornfield
- Audio– Below a 16 minute guided meditation, to help manage life’s many challenges.
- Book– Below is an excerpt from A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times, by Jack Kornfield
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
“It is not about you. It is about us. Life is difficult for everyone.”
One of the most difficult things about hard times is that we often feel that we are going through them alone. But we are not alone. In fact, your life itself is only possible because of the thousands of generations before you, survivors who have carried the lamp of humanity through difficult times from one generation to another.
Even Jesus had hard times, and Buddha did as well. At times they were hounded, threatened, physically attacked, and despised. Yet their gifts outshone all their difficulties. And now, as you read these words, you can feel yourself as part, of the stream of humanity walking together, finding ways to carry the lamp of wisdom and courage and compassion through difficult times.
But it’s not only in great difficulties like the suicide of a loved one that we touch this truth: in the midst of our daily confusions, self-doubts, conflicts, and fears, we need support, reminders to trust in ourselves. We can trust. We were designed to journey through the full measure of beauty and sorrows in life and survive.