“Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.”
– Charlotte Joko Beck
Where is our responsibility in all of this? The ‘Law of Attraction’ has a lot to answer for, we’re told. I was reminded about a story of a coach of mine, who first became introduced to the metaphysical laws when a teenager back in the 60s. She learnt that everything is created twice. The first time by our thoughts and the second by the reality. We often forget that the negative, stressful worry thoughts, attract experiences into our lives as much as the positive thoughts. So what have we been thinking that has caused the traffic jam when we’re in a hurry, the illness, the joy? It is important to recognise what part we have played in creating our present reality. The guru of each moment as Beck says, is the learning we get if we are aware.
Sounds simple doesn’t it. But like all simple ideas, it isn’t necessarily easy to keep focused on the lesson when we are immersed in the anguish of a life threatening illness or fighting with an obnoxious supervisor. What event have you had recently that has knocked you sideways and you think, “Where did that come from?” Learning to look at life’s lessons from a new perspective, can help make some breakthroughs to another awareness. This is how we grow, how we learn to stop repeating the behaviours that are not empowering us, or keeping us stuck in 3 year old behaviours.
Enjoy noticing the lessons as you go through life!