“If your religion doesn’t bring you lasting peace then you’re better off with a Pepsi because at least that quenches you’re thirst.”

-Lama Thubten Yeshe

I woke up angrier than I’ve been in a while. It didn’t make any sense. I just visited family and spent some time in the mountains. Had an actual Christmas for the first time in close to a decade. My kid and I had a really nice drive back along a scenic route.

And still… I wake up with a vengeful wrath stirring within me. The anger was so loud I couldn’t even meditate. So I prayed over the people my anger seemed to be directed at. Nothing. Finally, I pulled out the trusty old accountability mirror and got real fucking honest with myself. After I got to the root of the anger and was able to look at it meditating came with ease.

I tell you guys this because I want you to know how spiritual practice unfolds. It’s not all advent wreaths and thank you Yeshua. It’s never just yoga mats and incense. It’s self examination and constantly being honest with self. That includes the highs and lows.

Granted, once all of these rage like tremors blow over we’re able to get to the root of our suffering and adjust accordingly. Then we can take time to quietly reflect on what we’ve learned.

Pro-tip: When you’re going through a crisis of the soul, the moment you settle into why, the most profound thing you can do is read passages written by your spiritual hero. For example:

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

-Luke 6:27-36

Choose this day whom you will serve.

Will it be the greater good or self will?

Everything we go through can be used as a tool for spiritual growth.

Thank you for letting me share.


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