John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
While each of us experience the challenges of a problematic person or experience at one time or another, what about a difficulty that does not seem to resolve?
What if a particular person or situation continue to grind on your life, seemingly unchanging, year after year?
How can we move from frustration and anger to acceptance and detachment?
We can do two things when faced with an apparently lifelong challenge:
We can view it as our best spiritual gift and use it to find our own inner peace.
First, we realize our power. We have the power to react in a healthy way to a difficulty. We have the opportunity to detach from the distress and respond with self-love. We have the opportunity to perceive patterns and dynamics that no longer serve us. We can use the trigger from the person or situation to actually bring us back to present, to awareness, and to spiritual practice of continuously letting the thing go, with love, aligning us closer to our Creator.
Second, we release the situation to God. That way, when we face this dragon and release our grip on it entirely, we are left to examine it as something entirely outside of ourselves. Letting go of trying to change a person or thing while exercising healthy boundaries can bring you all the freedom in the world. It takes lots of patience with yourself, lots of introspection, but it is absolutely attainable.
My hope is for you to release whatever difficulty seems to show up in your life time-and-time again and allow it to become your greatest spiritual practice for bringing you back to your center, a center where God can be your source of energy and life. ~ Erin