Suffering is optional. Happiness is a choice.
I just returned from a spiritual retreat and to say I feel great is an understatement. I feel transformed, reborn.
I discovered a lot, why I am carrying so much emotional baggage, and why I allowed myself to carry them in the first place. I guess I reached a point where everything just got too heavy I was stuck.
But not anymore.
I realized that holding on to pain is like having one hand in between the jaws of a shark, while on the process, your other hand still continues to pet the shark.
It was a very painful process, the retreat, but feeling all the pain – embracing the pain till I bleed, and knew every single aspect of that pain- has led me into acceptance that cleared my mind and helped me see what mattered most – that there are more important things than pain, or holding on to someone’s guilt.
Clearly, there is no use for negativity in one’s life – for if you are filled with it, you are not allowing any space for beautiful things to come. If we fill our hands with so much baggage, we would not have any more free for new, worthwhile ones to be picked up.
Most importantly, if we are unhappy, we suffer, and the worst part is, the people who love us are also unhappy, and suffering.
It may sound very pious, but really, all we need to do is to let go and let God.