Embracing Uncertainty

August 5, 2010 by  
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Saw the below post on the Huffington  Post and wanted to share.

In the post David discusses embracing uncertainty as our most healthy state of being.  Not knowing what comes next is not a reason for fear because the uncertain future brings pleasant and not so pleasant experiences without discrimination.

It is our own need to control that causes us anxiety and pain.  If we went with the flow, living in the moment and open to what came our way,  we would be able to get more out of life’s ride.

Think about being on a roller-coaster. Often the anticipation is more anxiety producing than the event itself.

I’m not minimizing the difficulty of embracing uncertainty. It takes knowing ourselves especially our strengths.  But I am advocating for making the investment into letting go and believing in the process of life.

By David Nichtern

My taiji teacher, Sat Hon, is a virtual lexicon of sage and colorful phrases. One of my favorite expressions of his is “embrace uncertainty.” There is always uncertainty in our lives, but this saying seems particularly relevant these days. Whether we freak out or make friends with uncertainty seems to be up to us.

When we embark on a spiritual path, we are trying to learn from our lives, rather than just trying to survive or thrive on a purely materialistic level. When we see our lives as that kind of journey, it can be a good thing, periodically, to look back to see where we’ve been and look forward to see where we’re going. This kind of “view” can add valuable perspective to our journey. You take a look and then you continue along your way.

In some sense our life is like a koan — a Zen puzzle. A koan is something to think about that your mind cannot easily wrap itself around — you have to mull it over and chew on it like a dog chewing on a bone. In a way our whole life is like that — all the pieces don’t exactly fit together: “Where’s my career?” “Where’s my mate?” “Where’s my peace of mind?” “Where am I?” “Who am I?” It’s like somebody took the pieces of a puzzle and threw them on the table and now we’re supposed to put it all together… Continued

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