In Break Through Pain Shinzen Young wrote, paraphrased:
If you are in so much pain you cannot do anything else than lie in bed, what if that’s what the universe considers the single most important thing you can do right now?
It’s a beautiful question, and I sometimes ask myself the same when I feel flattened and am in bed, or feel overwhelmed by primal fears surfacing. What if this is the single most important thing – for me, others, the world – is for me to feel flattened and lie in bed, or feel overwhelmed by these primal fears? What if what’s here is what the universe considers the single most important thing for me to do and experience right now?
I can also find specific examples of how that may be the case. I am flattened in bed feeling exhausted. Can I find examples of how that may be the best for me, others, and the world?
This is another invitation to shift out of resistance to what is, and see what happens. And it has, of course, nothing to do with being passive. What may come up next is engagement, activity, taking care of myself and the situation, acting with kindness to myself, what’s here, and others.
P.S. Some other questions I have found helpful: How is it to allow what’s here? Is it true it’s not already allowed? Is it true it’s overwhelming? Is it true it’s too much? Is it true I cannot be with it? Is it true I cannot be still with it? Is it true it’s wrong? I want it to change, is it true? It means something went wrong / will go wrong, is it true? Can I know for certain it’s true?
What if the most important thing for the univ is for you to be w pain now, even if you can do nothing else
The most important for me, others, humanity, the universe