Face the Storm to Find the Sunshine
I regularly take class with a yoga teacher that radiates sunshine. Her positive energy is infectious. People flock to her classes like the beach on a hot day to bask in her warmth. I too love a good soak in her vibrant rays. But I can’t teach sunshine.
You see, I know that sometimes storms barrel in. I know that wanting the sun when the rain is pouring down doesn’t make the rain stop. In fact, wanting the sun when you are in the midst of a hail shower can create much more discomfort and distress. Instead, I teach from a place of recognizing and facing your fears of the storm in order to be filled with that much more gratitude when the sun does come out from beneath the clouds. Be true to what really is.
In the book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, Oliver Burkeman notes “that it is our constant efforts to eliminate the negative—insecurity, uncertainty, failure or sadness—that is what causes us to feel so insecure, anxious, uncertain or happy.”
To really feel the sunshine, you have to face the storms.
Brene Brown writes in her book, The Gift of Imperfection, “We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.”
So, yes, when the sun shines open your arms and relish in its warmth and beauty, but when the clouds start to roll in, as they inevitably will, don’t run for cover. Jump in the puddles and stand in the rain and accept what is with courage.