Best of PONDER on THIS for Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by Dan Millman in EVERYDAY ENLIGHTENMENT

“The moment we recognize the degree to which our difficulties are SELF-IMPOSED, we begin to heal them. We end self-sabotage only by taking responsibility for the choices and actions that created it. Only when we stop blaming our boss or government or parents or spouse or partner or children or circumstances or fate or God can we change our lives and say with conviction, “I chose where I am now, and I can choose something better.”

Whether or not adversity is a self-sabotage or a spiritual lesson, when a misfortune does occur, something rather surprising can happen. Many survivors of serious maladies – with all the pain and suffering – report experiencing a kind of inner peace they had not felt before. Pain has a way of clearing the subconscious scorecard, as if the adversity and suffering pays off sins real or imagined. It’s as if you finally get punished for all those things you said or didn’t say, did or didn’t do, and the scales are finally balanced. The psyche finds ingenious, sometimes tragic ways to find peace.”

Dan Millman, in “Everyday Enlightenment”

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