Types of resolution

 

When something troubles us, it’s natural and healthy for us to seek resolution. And there are different ways to find this resolution.

It can be a resolution of the troubling situation. Our first impulse is often to resolve it in that way, and that’s healthy.

It can be a resolution through befriending our experience of the situation. This can happen through reframing. Through various heart-centered practices such as tonglen, ho’oponopono, prayer and so on. Through resting with the sensation and imagination components of the experience. And it can happen through inquiring into how the mind creates its experience of the situation – the problem and the one faced with the problem.

It can be a resolution through seeing that experiencing it as a problem is not in itself a problem. It’s OK. We don’t need to fight it or make that too into a problem.

It can be a resolution through seeing more clearly how the mind creates its experience of the situation, and what that experience really is. This can happen through looking at the sensations, images, and words making it up. And it can happen through recognizing it all as happening within and as presence (aka awareness, Spirit).

Each of these is valid and important. With many things in life, each is required for us to experience a fuller sense of resolution. If the first one does not seem possible, perhaps because it’s about a situation in the past or a person who is no longer here, we can still find a sense of resolution through the three next ones.

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There are different types of resolution.

It can be a resolution of the triggering situation. The situation that appears as a problem. The situation that triggers an experience of a problem. Our first impulse is often to resolve it in that way, and that’s natural and healthy.

It can be a resolution through befriending our experience of the problem and the one experiencing the problem. A resolution through meeting it with kindness. This is a resolution of the inherent discomfort in relating to it as a problem, threat, or enemy, and someone faced with the problem, threat, or enemy. This can happen through various heart-centered practices such as tonglen, ho’oponopono, prayer and so on.

It can be a resolution through seeing that experiencing it as a problem or a threat is not in itself a problem or a threat. It’s OK. We don’t need to fight it or make it into a problem.

It can be a resolution through seeing more clearly the reality of the problem and the one experiencing the problem. This can happen through looking at the sensations, images, and words making it up. And it can happen through recognizing it all as happening within and as presence (aka awareness, Spirit).

Each of these is valid and important. With many things in life, each is required for us to experience a fuller sense of resolution. And if the first one does not seem possible, perhaps because it’s about a situation in the past or a person who is no longer here, we can still find a sense of resolution through the three next ones.

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