We’re so quick to wish the present moment away as our minds drift into the past or future. We may think we only do this during the bad times, which is understandable, but we put this into practice during the good times too when we’re not immersed in awareness.
During the good times, we begin to worry about the future and how it will pull us away from the enjoyment of the present moment.
I truly believe detachment is useful and necessary, as everything will eventually change, but we also don’t want to miss what’s right in front of us.
During the bad times, we want to wish them away and usher in the next comfortable season. Which is only natural—but is it useful? Do we grow from the cushy, warm, comforting times?
Without the bad, we aren’t able to relish in (or even experience) the good, and we aren’t able to develop into the humans we’re meant to be either.
Rather than lamenting about our current shitty situation, can we lean into it and choose to gain something from it?
My body, and often my mind, haven’t felt like my own for several months of this year. I believe a lot of this has to do with the Hashimoto’s and generally running myself into the ground, but I can’t say with absolute certainty.
Now that I’ve experienced vast improvements since May (I want to be sure of the consistent improvements before sharing what I did), I’m honestly grateful for the experience.
- I’m much more in tune with my body and my health.
- I know that it’s not worth it to sacrifice my health for the sake of ego, vanity, or the comfort of routine.
- I’ve slowed the fuck down. This is primarily physically, but also mentally.
- I received a lovely reminder of the practice of detachment from my appearance and physical capabilities.
- I’m better equipped to guide others who are struggling with a similar experience.
- I learned to lean on others and learned who really cared when I wasn’t my usual, positive self.
- I was reminded of how strong and capable I am.
- Probably most importantly, I was reminded that the shit times will come, they happen for our betterment, and they’ll pass.
To that last point, we may as well sit with whatever we’re experiencing and use it to our advantage, no?
If I reflect on the times that have really shaped me during my 29 years, they haven’t been the rosy times—although they carry great memories. I am the human I am because of the challenges, and as I learn to embrace them, there is so much less to fear.
I write this with the intention of reminding all of us, including myself, that every one of us experiences the dark, shitty times, and if we really dig deep and sit with the emotions of those experiences, it will be time and energy well spent.
If the darkness is going to come anyways, and it inevitably will for each and every one of us, we should soak up as much as we can from the experience while it lasts.
We can choose to level ourselves up as a result. How’s that for taking back our power?