I remember as a little girl realizing that my life wasn’t easy. It was hard work and I was constantly struggling to figure out how to get through the challenges I continuously faced.
I incorrectly thought that when I got old enough I’d leave home and everything would be better and easier because I wouldn’t have to deal with my Mom’s mental illness any longer.
Boy, was I wrong!
The struggling continued —
I didn’t realize that I’d just choose mates that reminded me of my childhood environment and I’d continue the chaos of my early life. The struggles were hard but I was determined to learn and make healthier choices.
So, I went to talk therapy and joined a 12-step program which gave me amazing life skills. I studied Yoga and the energy body to become a Yoga Therapist this process relieved my whole body/being. I read every self-help book that came out on the market and I gained the knowledge I so desperately wanted to deal with life’s challenges. I slowly made healthier choices and I thought, “Okay, I’ve got this life thing figured out.”
Boy, was I wrong AGAIN!
I am here to struggle
What I didn’t realize was that this human/spiritual life is about struggling. We apparently came here to learn. Having tools to handle the challenges that flow my way makes my life easier but I can’t control the outside influences that affect my life.
So, I finally accepted that the struggles were there to make me stronger and that strength is what keeps me going even as life breaks my heart over and over again.
This little story that I heard from my grandmother as a child has become even more powerful in my adult life because I finally understand it!
“Once upon a time, a man found a butterfly that was starting to hatch from its cocoon. He sat down and watched the butterfly for hours as it struggled to force itself through a tiny hole. Then, it suddenly stopped making progress and looked like it was stuck.
Therefore, the man decided to help the butterfly out. He took a pair of scissors and cut off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, although it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
The man thought nothing of it, and he sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly. However, that never happened. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with small wings and a swollen body.
Despite the man’s kind heart, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small hole were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare itself for flying once it was free.”
I am strong
I know now there are no easy ways out of this life, that my struggles are making me a stronger and healthier person. I also appreciate this beautiful life even with all the challenges it presents.
So, I’m embracing the current struggles and looking forward to the strength I am gaining!
Compassionately, go into the places in your heart that are in pain and allow yourself to cocoon with this week’s Ageless Recharge Movement Practice. You will feel more energetic as you patiently allow your heart to open and slowly remember your heart is strong! You are love and you are free to love.
How are you handling your life struggles? Let us know in the comment section below.