The rain is coming down in sheets outside my bedroom window. They call it a storm and yet, in the midst of it, I can find peace and ease if I narrow my focus to the sounds of the rain and the wind.
This is the kind of learning that needs to take place to move us toward more ease in this life. That, when the weather of our lives is turbulent, there is always a calm place to rest our attention. Scanning the body and noting even the smallest location of ease, we can turn toward that and lean into that place until a sense of equanimity is felt. Then, from this calmer place, we can go back into the tempest and explore it with wisdom.
Choosing where to rest our focus can be an antidote in our most difficult moments. If something truly requires our attention it will arise again, until we are, finally ready to face it.
As Pema Chodron, Buddhist teacher, says:
“nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know..”