Albert Einstein once said, “The most important decision you’ll ever make is choosing whether you live in a friendly or hostile universe.”
Every life has its share of pain and tragedy, and so it is very easy to become afraid, close the heart, and live constantly on guard. The mind takes over and life becomes an anxious game of strategy as we try to control what is essentially uncontrollable. No matter how hard we work, no matter how much power and control we accumulate, no one can insulate themselves or their loved ones from life’s continuously changing circumstances.
What Einstein knew, and what all the spiritual masters teach, is the wisdom in embracing life, all of it.
In saying yes to whatever happens in life, even the stuff we see as negative, we stop resisting and fantasizing about how we would like things to be. We stop shunting our precious energy into futile imaginings of how life should be, which gives us much more energy to work with and create from whatever is.
In learning to embrace whatever shows up in life, we can begin to drop our defenses, open our heart, and come back more fully to the present moment, which is only place where all our choice, creativity, love, happiness and peace reside.
After all, life has given us so much, is it really fair to distrust it so much?