When we get hints of our power we look the other way.
We pursue a diminished version of ourself—one victimized by life.
We seek comfort as the solution to feeling oppressed.
But the things that oppress us happen for a reason; they’re trying to get us to realize and integrate our power.
In fact, the worse one’s problems, the more creativity and energy that’s trying to come into one’s life.
Avoiding, repressing, medicating, distracting, or rationalizing our troubles invites them to further oppress us.
Think of your problem as a tough but correct teacher, a Zen master who means business, a wise sage irritating you to get you to wake up.
Go beyond feeling victimized by your difficulties, and seek their message for your personal growth.
Personify your problem by visualizing it as a character.
Talk to it.
Ask it what it wants from you.
Learn from it.
See into it.
Don’t give up.
Your problem is your crucible; you need it!
It’s trying to connect you with your highest self.
Don’t be its victim.
Dance with it like a warrior.
Extract the transformative message from its jaws.
Rock yer day!