It's powerful to cultivate a life that has spiritual discipline built into it's daily rhythm. What’s our other choice? To keep railing against the inevitable suffering of life; to scatter more anger, hate and violent thoughts in the world?
Rather, we can choose to acknowledge our suffering, pain and anger; while simultaneously holding peace, love and joy. Holding this duality takes practice.
We can practice this skill with each breath; each breath is an opportunity to begin again, to practice being patient with our lives and ourselves.
If we take 3 intentional deep breaths per day
We gain 21 chances each week to begin again
1,096 chances every year to practice being patient with life, in all of its messy contradictions.
Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.