I think I need to clarify a few things from my last post.
When I talk about being in the light, I am not saying to avoid pain or sadness.
I myself have been deep in both the last year. Dealing with 3 sick and old animals, having to put them down, the loss of a favorite cousin and a dear older friend, my mom's stroke. That is a lot of pain and loss in 1 year. I know that many around the world have had to deal with much more than I, but in my world that is what has been happening. I have not avoided the pain, nor looked away. I have sit with it and cried. I tend to do that on my own, I do not share my pain very often, but that does not mean I don't feel it. I feel it deep. It makes me more alive and makes my soul richer. I don't fear it as life is and will always be full of it. What I am talking about is not getting immersed and stuck in the pain, but looking at it and shining a big, bright light on it. I believe that things are not good and bad, they just are and they are for a reason. Things are complicated and very simple at the same time. I cannot answer all the mysteries of the Universe, but what I know for me is that GRACE abides and it has helped me weather the storms. Worry, complaining, and fear are human, we all do it, but my spiritual practice is to shine light instead, because NOTHING else changes anything, it only makes it worse. Okay, go shine your lights!