We are preoccupied with the past and worried about the future so we are oblivious to the present moment. We are in a constant state of unease. We blame ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made. Why did we not have the foresight to do the right thing? Why did we hurt the people who are dear to us? Or, we worry about what will happen in the future. What if we lose our job and can’t find employment elsewhere? Where will we go? How will we survive? We want answers to questions that are swirling in our heads because we want to be free of our troubles. We don’t want to suffer. But the truth is that we have to allow suffering to come into our lives so consciousness can come through. This consciousness is vast, spacious, flowing, dynamic, all-knowing, and all-loving. If we resist it, we stop its movement and mess with the flow of life. But if we allow it to move through the different forms that come and go, we create space for it to absorb the bad, give out the good, and connect us with all that is. We then feel a sense of aliveness within and around us that was missing before. The answer or solution (whether it is the right job, person, action or event) presents itself to us at the right moment. Not before, not after.
We come to the realization that the answer has always been within us, not somewhere out there. But we have to be still so the answer can bubble to the surface. How do we know that this is the right answer? When there is no conflict between our outside world and our inner world–when we are at peace—then we have the right answer.