Today we ask that you learn how to sit with and receive good things.
Humans are very funny. All you want in life is for “good things” to happen — good fortune, recognition for good work, meeting the right partner, success, and so on.
And yet when such things do come to you, how hard it is to just sit and enjoy the good feeling of it.
The ego mind is habituated to continually seek problems and threats. When things are going well, the ego’s existence is threatened. In order to perpetuate its existence, it therefore needs to continually create dramas and problems.
If you think on this, you will see it is true.
Perhaps you have just gotten engaged to someone you love. Good news!
But then you are immediately stressed out by having to plan a wedding.
Perhaps you have just conceived a child. Good news!
But then you are immediately stressed out by fears around pregnancy, childbirth, not to mention preparing for a new baby.
Perhaps you have just come into some money. Good news!
But then you are immediately stressed out by what to do with the money. How do you best invest it?
Perhaps you have just created a work of art. Good news!
But then you are immediately stressed out by how this work of art will be received by other people.
Do you see the pattern?
This is what the ego does. In order to perpetuate its existence, it must continually create new problems and dramas.
If there were no problems and dramas, the ego would cease to exist, as you know it. You would be happy, and at peace. The drama would be over.
It is possible to learn to step outside of the drama.
One way to do this is to really learn to sit still with goodness. To enjoy the sweetness of life that is around you in any moment — in the sunrise, the birds singing, the flowers.
Can you learn to sit still with goodness? To just draw out those good feelings, when you experience them, without allowing the mind to compulsively look for the next problem to solve?
Stop trying to fix everything. Appreciate the deep goodness that is here now.
Learn to sit still with the good things that happen.