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Embrace All With Joy January 12, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Magick & Mystery.

170px-alice_par_john_tenniel_30Our vision is limited, grounded as it is in the present. When something  seems negative, we want it to go away.  We don’t want to deal with suffering or hardship.  We recoil from pain and resist the “what is.”

But things are not always as they first appear.

The lessons we learn from life’s less pleasant moments often pave the way for a better future for ourselves and those we love.

Experiences seem negative because our vantage point is limited.

We are lost in the trees.

Once we move farther along the path, we see more of the forest.  Our changed vantage point provides clarity.

Calvin-gots-an-IdeaWhen we look over our shoulder, and take a retrospective glance at the negatives (e.g., being diagnosed with a tumor, having to undergo surgery, dealing with a flooded basement), our perspective has shifted.

With expanded cognition, we find that the “negative events” we resisted resulted in valuable lessons and navigational aids for our journey.

We learned something we needed to know.  We received a nudge in the right direction ~ a shortcut to becoming who we were always intended to be.

We ended up exactly where we needed to be, when we needed to be there.

From the zenith, our perspective will be broader still, allowing us to see everything as the gift of gold it is.

Acceptance turns boulders into pebbles, allowing us to go with the flow instead of exhausting ourselves by struggling against the current.

Embrace all with joy.  Anything can be a gift of gold in disguise.

Barn’s burnt down ~ now I can see the moon.  Masahide (1657-1723)

No rules.  Just write!

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1. Debra - January 12, 2011

Yes…thank you. A much needed reminder:) _/!\_

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

When I look back ~ all the “cloudy days” led to sunnier skies.


2. Paula Tohline Calhoun - January 12, 2011

Spiritual bi-focals come in handy! 😀

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

Even if we cannot see the benefit of the hardships we face when they appear, we can have faith that we are growing whole.

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4. Paula Tohline Calhoun - January 12, 2011

I love the analogy of the tapestry of life. The parts we see smetimes look so messy or disordered, particularly if we are only looking at one side. When viewed from a more distant perspective, all those messes end up being the most beautiful and intricately woven parts of our lives.

When we decide to take the “long view” we realize that we are always gaining and growing, each stitch prepares us for the next.

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

My life has been a tapestry
Of rich and royal hue . . .

~ Carole King

5. kateshrewsday - January 12, 2011

Timely words today, Nancy 😉 Thank you.

nrhatch - January 12, 2011


Our attention often is directed where it needs to be, to hear what we need to hear, when we need to hear it. 🙂

6. Carol Ann Hoel - January 12, 2011

You are right, Nancy. Your post is full of beauty and hope. Even when the event or change hurts so much that one simply cannot embrace it readily, good may come. Sometimes what seems to be tragic may only be appreciated later down the road, after survival and rebuilding have taken place. Like the burned home that is replaced by the new one more beautiful than the first. Looking back, the blessing is obvious. Sometimes we may not see the benefit of our pain this side of Heaven. Sometimes we must trust… Blessings to you…

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

When I look back on the toughest times in my life . . . I ALWAYS see a valuable lesson or benefit that resulted from the difficulties I faced.

Hope. Faith. Trust. Acceptance. Each of these remind us to look for that silver lining.

7. souldipper - January 12, 2011

Plus, Nancy, there is this unrelenting belief I carry that there is purpose in all things. The barn quote made me smile.

If Nanci Danison’s message is valid that we are here to experience, how can there not be purpose in all aspects of life and living?

Thanks for this post.

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

I love the barn quote ~ my computer crashed once (due to an error on the part of the techie I had hired to fix a minor glitch).

He expected me to be furious for losing all my photos, my financial records, my writing projects.

I wasn’t. I just smiled.

Computer’s crashed . . . now I can see the moon. 😉

8. Cindy - January 13, 2011

“expanded cognition” … I like that term!

nrhatch - January 13, 2011

So much better than ever-contracting consciousness. 🙂

9. Tammy McLeod - January 13, 2011

And even if we don’t embrace something as a gift, we can at least use it as a comparison to embrace our other gifts. I have a terrible shoulder injury right now and I keep trying to focus on how good my other shoulder feels.

Also love the barn quote.

nrhatch - January 13, 2011

Ouch. Even if we can’t “embrace” the pain, acceptance of the “what is” (for now) alleviates our self-created suffering.

I must admit, when I’m in physical pain, I find it difficult to see the silver lining in the dark clouds. But I do try to avoid self-pity (which always adds to our suffering) by focusing on all the good that remains.

BTW: I had a problem with my shoulder last year and needed a cortisone shot. I injured it (and developed SIS) due to sloppy computing habits ~ stretching my arm out with the mouse for hours at an end. I’m more conscious of how I sit at the keyboard these days. Thus far {knock on wood} the pain has not returned.

Get well soon. 🙂

10. suzicate - January 13, 2011

great post. We do have limited vision and fail to see the big picture until much after the fact, if we do at all.

nrhatch - January 13, 2011

I must admit to being “in the dark” for most of my life ~ not seeing the forest for the trees.

When we become awake and aware, and mindful of the subtle clues, life becomes infinitely easier. The journey within is a journey worth making. Just start and the way will appear.

11. gita4elamats - December 17, 2012

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