After listening to enough mindfulness advice, it’s easy to get into the idea that we “should” be able to be present with whatever comes up. Feel it. Rest with it. Inquire into it.
The reality is that sometimes the best we can do is ride it out, as best as we can.
And then, after a while as it lessens in intensity, we may be able to be present with it, inquire into it, and all the rest.
It’s a storm passing through, and it’s often helpful to remember that. And sometimes we don’t have the capacity to meet it as we would something less intense. And that’s OK.
It’s a reminder that we are human. It helps us see where we are at, which is the definition or real humility.
- ride it out
- can get into the idea that we “should” be able to be present with/feel/inquire into anything as it comes up
- reality is, sometimes the best we can do is ride it out – as best as we can
- and then may be able to be present with it, inquire into etc. (when it’s still there but with less intensity)
- it’s a storm passing through, often helpful to remember (just as a child’s tantrum)