For the last couple years, despite the struggling economy we’ve all slogged through, I’ve noticed something quite interesting. I’ve been gradually seeing more and more opportunities.
In fact, my biggest challenge right now is determining which opportunities I should focus on most. I am spending a good deal of time planning ways to pass opportunities off to others so that I can be more focused on the ones where I can have the greatest impact.
I’d like to share a little bit about why I think I’ve been gradually seeing more and more opportunities, and how you can do the same.
Since I began diligently practicing mindfulness, I’ve noticed a steady increase in my ability to see opportunities where most people see only problems. I think there is a very simple explanation for this.
One of the core aspects of the practice of mindfulness is to face our things that bother us, things that are difficult, and things that are unpleasant or uncomfortable with a curious attitude of investigation.
At first we do this on faith, as we’re told we might learn to be free from suffering if we practice in this way. With continued practice though, we start to see the amazing results of fully facing and investigating the unpleasant aspects of life.
As we see these results, we begin to welcome things that are difficult, unpleasant, or uncomfortable, knowing that these are our greatest teachers and that facing these things results in opportunities to learn, grow, and serve others.
This ability to open ourselves to what most people try so hard to avoid or get rid of, results in a whole new way of seeing the world around us. Instead of seeing problems, we see only opportunities. It starts with little things like itches, discomfort, and difficult emotions, but gradually expands to encompass all of experience.
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