Human beings are pretty powerful. We have the ability to move others to tears or joy with our words. We've revolutionized the world with our constant drive to create and build. As the world changed, though, we lost something. Our conscious selves became fully preoccupied with small parts of our daily lives: fighting rush hour traffic to get to work, worrying how far the next paycheck will go, making sure that everything goes according to plan. When things go wrong, we end up frustrated and short-tempered. And the worst part? We're only doing it to ourselves. Because no matter how hard we try, there are elements at work in the universe that don't answer to us. So how can we exist peacefully in a world that's so out of our control?
Part of the answer lies in meditation. The practice of meditation leads to the discipline of "letting go." Letting go of our responsibilities and worries, if only for a few minutes. That small reprieve can make all the difference. It redirects the energy and time that we spend on endless stress into constructive self-care, and it shows. Our mindsets shift to a place of understanding and adaptability. The Serenity prayer says it best:
"God give me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Knowing what we can control makes for a much more effective response, even when things go wrong. Instead of sweating the small stuff, meditation gives us a fresh perspective; it gives us the wisdom to know that crucial difference. We can see things for what they are, not what we want them to be. Taking that step back makes it easer to weigh our options with objectivity as opposed to our emotions. When everything is falling apart, take a moment and breathe. Fall back into yourself and think about the bigger picture. Is the stress you're feeling worth the energy? Finding one's place in the world is hard enough. It's even harder when we constantly resist the flow of life around us. Do your part, sit back, and let the universe do the rest. Giving up the need to be in control allows us to master the art of living.