Once you would have to search far and wide to uncover great wisdom. (Think mountain caves, secret teachings and years of sweeping the temple floor before any knowledge was imparted…)
Now all around me I find spiritual Masters… Enlightened souls doing truly great things. Though they themselves may think little of their work. I meet them in my teachers, my clients, family and friends.
In each of our hearts there is a flame of spiritual wisdom, which inevitably burns through the baggage that we bring, incinerating shame, judgment, greed…
Despite whatever challenges the world is facing, it is the great blessing of our time that this flame burns brighter than ever in so many hearts.
Nothing brings more joy and freshness to my own heart than to sit in conversation with a heart that is open in sincerity, and discover the truth together.
So let me tell you a story about a challenge I have faced this month, and a blessing I discovered inside it.
…And perhaps you have a similar story in your own heart to share:
My two year old son has, it seems to me, been taking particular delight in pushing the boundaries and pushing my buttons.
I wouldn’t say he hates the word No. No, lately, it’s more like he loves it. He sees my jaw clench, my blood beginning to rise, and his eyes begin to twinkle with delight. Oh, the magnificent power of it! To elicit a response like that in a tired, stressed and overwhelmed mummy. It’s his little secret. He knows how to make me roar.
About the evolutionary priority of a two year old…
If I didn’t know better, I would call him heartless or manipulative. But I do know better: Empathy and compassion are not the highest evolutionary priority of a growing two year old. He’s busy discovering himself, learning to identify and articulate his own wants, needs and desires. Moments of compassion and concern for others are not ungenuine. But they are not particularly deep either. And they are definitely not consistent.
And the evolutionary priority of a parent…
As much as his poking and pushing drives me crazy, I’m beginning to wonder if there’s actually a hidden blessing inside…
…What if empathy and compassion were the evolutionary priority for his parents. Or at least for me?
…What if the challenges he embodies are exactly the gift that my soul is calling for? To know a deeper calm, a stronger steadfastness? Indeed, to soften and feel my own grace in the face of these triggers?
To me, this humble possibility has great power.
And now for the blessing…
What if the challenges that face you are also nurturing special qualities within you?
What gifts might each challenge hold?
Look deeper and see if you can recognise the hidden blessings already being bestowed in your life.
… And will you share with me your story?
Perhaps it wasn’t in parenting, but in business, or love, a creative project or your spiritual unfolding… What challenges have you faced this month, and what blessing can you see in them to receive and celebrate now?