“Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart. A voice inside the beat says, “I know you’re tired, but come. This is the way.” -Rumi


While doing a little inspirational research work this weekend, I came across this article that immediately resonated with me.  In the paragraph quoted below, the author gives a conclusion about why we should embrace our adversities.  That old cliche comes to mind,…”there is always a silver lining behind every dark cloud”.

I wish I could explain it as beautiful as he did but to me this paragraph reminds me that sometimes we need adversity to wake us up from an inauthentic life.  If we could just fight our way through it and trust that we will make it out to the other side ok, I believe we would suffer less.

The Kuna or Cuna Indians, are an indigenous people of Panama and Colombia.  They believe that a violent storm is a being that has lost its way, blundering about blindly, desperate to get its bearings once more.

Perhaps we all carry an immemorial wound, an infinite loss, a self-exile we perpetuate on ourselves.  It turns us into isolated entities stalking the earth in search of what we think we need-the temporary stays against ennui, despair, loss, and terror.  But sooner or later, the wound can carry us toward its own remedy, if we only let it.  It seems to much to hope that right in the heart of our troubled selves there might actually be the healing we seek.  But if suffering and awakening form single weather-system, as many a wise person has come to know, then when storms come, perhaps we can accept them with less dread and aversion, and more trust; and even hope. 

-Henry Shukman, Teacher, Poet, Writer


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