Notes From The Awareness: 145

Peace is when you no longer struggle and can just be yourself.

Please discuss. How does this play out in life?

I’ll start us out. Bad things or difficult times happen for all of us. Sickness, loss, unexpected change—all can cause us pain, sometimes briefly and sometimes longer term. There is the primary pain associated with the issue itself and also the secondary pain generated by our thoughts and reactions to the primary pain. We can increase the difficulty of a situation for ourselves by our take on the issue and our responses to it.

Today’s message comes to me from animal communication client sweet Simon, who woke me in the wee hours this morning to help him cross over the rainbow bridge. He is a loving and elegant being and obviously very wise, too.

Simon reminds me that my struggle against a situation often can prevent me from being at peace with it, long after the direct pain of it is has passed. He advises that it is like continuing to wear shoes I have outgrown, even though they continue to cause blisters. Difficulties in life expand me and in doing so, can cause pain. When I do not struggle and permit the expansion, the initial pain can pass naturally and I will not perpetuate it by holding on to and chafing against the limits it is intended to help me surpass. When I allow both the pain and the expansion, I will find peace in being a freer version of myself, a more fully acknowledged version of the divine me.

“Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.”: Haruki Murakami/the Dalai Lama/M. Kathleen Casey

How about you? Do you feel some of your pain can be self-perpetuated.

Sweet Simon