Suffering can be the greatest catalyst for transformation. It can help you discover your own essence and connect with the field of all possibilities.
You have the opportunity to navigate the flow of life and be with "what is" at that moment. Rather than fight against the natural current, be present in it.
Those who oppose us are not our enemies, but our teachers. Offer them no resistance.
This story attempts to point to that which is beyond words, and cannot be grasped by the mind--the unified nature of existence, which lies beyond the conditioning and the dualistic perception of life.
My wish is that it will encourage you to welcome differences, thus creating a more peaceful, loving world, and to inspire you to see and go beyond the circumstances in your life.
No matter how difficult your situation is at this present moment, may you realize how blessed and loved you truly are, as George Bailey discovered in It's a Wonderful Life.
This account is based on a personal experience
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About the Author
During his years in social services, Vegas served as a member of the Chicago Area HIV Service Planning Council and volunteered with The Salvation Army, AIDS Alternative Health Project, Test Positive Aware Network, National Catholic AIDS Network, and AIDS Pastoral Care Network.
Not subscribing to any one particular spiritual discipline or tradition, Vegas has completed five levels of the Shambhala training, as well as the Sacred Path. He staffed all five levels and coordinated the Sacred Path for one year at The Shambhala Meditation Center in Chicago.
Vegas attended programs at Tassahara Mountain Zen Center in California, the City Zen Center in San Francisco and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Sausalito, California. He attended several Vipassana courses at Pakasa Meditation Center in Illinois and Vipassana Meditation Center in Venezuela. He has participated in the monastic winter retreats at the Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) in Missouri.
Vegas has been inspired by Rumi's wisdom and poems, as well as Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. He likes to study the laws of science and spirituality. He values and respects different points of view.
IN UNITY WE LOVE
IN SEPARATION WE FEAR