We all would claim to have at least some chaos in our lives. Whether or not it is true depends on each person’s definition of what chaos is or means to them and many define or experience chaos as the result of external forces beyond our control. That said, regardless of how we define chaos, when we experience it we all have one thing in common; we are not peaceful. There are very few people who would define chaos as a peaceful experience and yet the good news is, our definition of chaos may just be the culprit that’s blocking the harmony we seek from our awareness.
We can look at chaos in two ways. The first is to see chaos as something to be fixed, changed, corrected, and most significantly, resisted. This approach to chaos always results in suffering. We suffer primarily due to the payoff that comes from the aged-old philosophy that says; what you resist persists and what you fight, you strengthen.
The second way of looking at chaos is to welcome it with willingness as a gift offering awareness and freedom. I say willingness because without the willingness to look at our own experience of chaos, we inevitably stumble into the first view of it and then we’re off an running again in resistance, struggle, and suffering. To welcome chaos when it comes requires nothing more than the willingness to pause and notice our experience. If we are able to do this simple thing, we quickly realize that what we thought was chaotic and out of control, actually is nothing more than a reaction to a thought we are holding onto and believing.
The thought that results in us feeling “out of control” or in the midst of “chaos” is always something along the lines of: This shouldn’t be happening this way, or, I need this to be different, or, there’s way too much to do. If we are able to pause, bring our attention to the experience we are having in this moment, and identify the experience by looking at our thoughts, physical sensations, and feelings, that is the first step. Once there, we have information we can work with and from there we can begin to explore and ask questions.
We can ask ourselves questions like:
- What thought am I believing right now about this situation?
- What is it in me that is resisting this situation and wants it to be different?
- Does what I’m experiencing right now feel good, am I peaceful?
Asking questions brings awareness, and in awareness of our experience we realize over time that the experience is the reaction to a thought, or belief that somehow the current situation is not right. Because we believe it is somehow wrong, or more specifically, different than it should be, we are fighting with the situation and fighting always leaves us feeling less than peaceful.
In looking at how we experience chaos as often as we can we begin to realize our resistance has no value. When we believe there is value in resisting, desiring things to be different than they are, we continue in our delusional state of uneasiness and suffering, thinking it is valuable to us. Upon looking, we realize there is no value in it and we quickly learn that the value actually lies in our acceptance. In acceptance we are free to address the situation objectively. In acceptance the situation does not appear as chaotic, but rather it simply appears to us as a situation where we may or may not take action.
In acceptance we are quiet, still, and peaceful and we understand that chaos is merely an ephemeral response to a non-existent thought that when recognized as such, quickly disappears into the nothingness from where it came leaving only peace, harmony, and positive action in its wake.
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