Having a bad day?

When we are in the midst of our own attachments, it seems that nothing goes right. We want this, but we get that. We expect something to be one way and yet the universe has other ideas. Perhaps there is a seed of wisdom within the dilemma we are facing (or running from). That seed can grow into an awareness that helps us to transcend our need to have it as we want it and instead, we see it as it is. Not good or bad, but it just “is.”

Ram Dass writes, “Did you ever have a bad day? Everything seems to go wrong and you are completely lost in anger, frustration and self-pity. It gets worse and worse, until the final moment when, say, you have just missed the last bus. There is some critical point where it gets so bad the absurdity of it all overwhelms you and you can do nothing but laugh. At that moment you uplevel your predicament, you see the cosmic joke in your own suffering.
Meditation, because of the space it allows around events, gives you the chance to see the humor of your predicament. Awareness of the passing show of one’s own life allows a lightness to enter it where only a moment before there was heaviness.”