I've had a mega-dose of loss and change over the past several years of my life. It dragged me so far down for so long that I've had a hard time extracting myself from the swamp of victimhood and despair. I think I'm finally ready to emerge, albeit slowly, from the mucky lagoon, accepting that I can't return to who I was before and wanting to find a new way forward.
"Examining our lives and losses for deeper meaning is an important part of being on a spiritual path. Yet loss and suffering can also bring faith. Suffering can be redemptive; it helps burn away superficiality and complacency. Buddha said that suffering is the proximate cause for the arising of faith and compassion... [Loss shows you] that if you don't face change, you miss the opportunity to extract, digest, and internalize the lessons connected to it."
-- Lama Surya Das, "Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation, pp. 43, 45. (2003)
What are you noticing about loss and change in your life?
for Mindful Monday
© May 11, 2015, post: Donna Pierce
Photo Credit: Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1954.