According to the Tao de Ching:  “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them-that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tse

Where we are often able to let the universe and all of its magic unfold as it will, we more often want it to flow the way WE LIKE, not the way it wants to move.  This resistence that the Tao points to leads to much human suffering.

How often do we pray for the health and well-being of ourselves and loved ones? “Please God, let everything be positive and wonderful.”  Of course!  I do the same.  I want life to be simple and pleasant. However, some renunciate monks do just the opposite by praying for challenges and difficulty to test their faith in “letting things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”  I confess, I am not that courageous; I would still like to win the lottery.

I have learned quite a bit from yoga in this regard however.  Instead of simply praying for just the good stuff,  I now pray for the strength and equanimity to allow for all the stuff-good and bad.  This has given me the ability to stay more even-keeled in the face of adversity and ride those highs and lows more skillfully with less resistence.

The support from God and the universe is not only there in the good times, but right there with you in the abyss-with equal love and support. Our job then it seems is to stay faithful that however things unfold is exactly the right way despite our longings, desires and even our prayers.

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”  -Mother Theresa