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The Ups and Downs of Life

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“It is in darkness that you find the light; it is in storm that you find peace; it is in sorrow that you find joy because life is a paradox and a polarity.” ~ S. Birch
It’s life’s ups and downs that make it worth living. Imagine watching a film with no ups and downs... you’d go to sleep, wouldn’t you!
Like in the cardiogram above, the ups and downs very often introduce the potential for loving relationship... it’s up to us to sculpt that creatively.
“If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
You can either be knocked down by the things that strike you, or you can absorb them, and learn from them in a positive way.
“Suffering is arguing with reality.” ~ Byron Katie
Best not to label things as good or bad, especially totally or always. We suffer least when we can accept reality just as it is, and not to resist seeing the truth. That’s not to say do nothing to correct or improve things, but we benefit most when we open our heart in compassion and our mind in appreciation.
Here’s some further reading on this theme...

Pivoting Away From Pain ~ Gabriella Kortsch, Ph.D.

The reason pain and happiness are connected, is because you have a way of going from the former to the latter. You can create a bridge that can take you from pain - if not to happiness, then at least to a place where you can see your life as a good one again. This is a bit like learning how to go from playing bad tennis to good tennis in one fell swoop. It takes a bit of practice, but once you catch on, and more importantly, once you decide that this is what you want and choose to do, it becomes relatively easy because you feel so much better if you do it. Furthermore it gives you a measure of autonomy, a sense of agency in your own life trajectory. It involves a central and prerequisite element of choice. Continues...
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