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Be With the Storms

--by Sri Sri Ravishankar (May 18, 2009)


How to free yourself from the grip of storms? This is the only basic problem in this universe. The first thing is to become aware of it and stop regretting it. Like waves come and go, storms in your life too will subside. No one storm can be there for ever. One storm comes and subsides, another comes and subsides and it goes on. As the storm subsides, you experience that inner cool, soft, delicate aspect of yourself. In that space of calm, all the anxiety, fear, feverishness lose their grip on you and you become yourself again. Love dawns.

When you stop resisting the storms of life and start accepting them with open arms, they will subside on their own. That is the purpose of all spiritual practices, or sadhana,  and meditation. When you realise that somebody really cares for you, you feel at rest and all fears and insecurities drop off.

You keep running away from small things -- your feelings, sensations, desires -- and this leads to more feverishness. Realize that like the ocean cannot be there without the waves, storms are inevitable in your life. Every storm touches you somewhere and makes you grow stronger. A storm pulls you out of your likes and dislikes and purifies you. So accept all that comes with both arms open. [...]  Even when the storms come, you are still the same ocean, as deep as ever.

This realization is the culmination of knowledge. When this knowledge dawns, you rise above events; you grow out of them. Everybody in the world goes through crises, insecurities, confusions. It's like drowning in the ocean of life. But the person with the life jacket can survive even the worst turmoil. So keep your life jacket of knowledge handy.


[...] Do not be in a hurry to get rid of the storms, be with them. Looking for perfection creates imperfection inside you. If you are peaceful, everything around you becomes peaceful. You are the center of this universe. Wherever you go, you carry your own mind, and wherever you go, you will create your own storms. It may appear to be calm and quiet for sometime but the storm will surface sooner or later. Unless you realize this, nothing will hold. There is no other permanent solution. Don't resist the storms, instead see them as an amazing play of your personality.

--Sri Sri Ravishankar


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On Oct 17, 2009 Jan wrote:

This recalls two dreams recently experienced by me that appear to be sending a similar message. In one there is a rushing, turbulent river of water flowing from the left and as I look to the right I see that this turbulence is only going to increase as the land descends and there are many rocks and boulders to traverse.  The main subject of the dream however that I am both amazed and puzzled over at the time is an Eastern Woman who is floating calmly upon her back within the center of this river with a look of utter peace upon her face. I marvel at her calm and wonder even as I am awakening how she can keep her center while knowing what is ahead of her.                                                     See full.

This recalls two dreams recently experienced by me that appear to be sending a similar message. In one there is a rushing, turbulent river of water flowing from the left and as I look to the right I see that this turbulence is only going to increase as the land descends and there are many rocks and boulders to traverse. 

The main subject of the dream however that I am both amazed and puzzled over at the time is an Eastern Woman who is floating calmly upon her back within the center of this river with a look of utter peace upon her face.

I marvel at her calm and wonder even as I am awakening how she can keep her center while knowing what is ahead of her.

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In the second dream, together my husband and I step into a small vessel upon a great body of water. This water is smooth but then begins to undulate.  The motions are slow, but large, surrounding us in multiple movements like many deep and separate breaths within and upon the surface. They feel calming and I think to myself how I may understand it is that people come to want to stay sailing upon the ocean. The motions increase in their depth and height, and so I realize at times our vessel can disappear from the view of others as we are dipped deeply down, perhaps even to be overcome by the water. My thought at the time though was that this would be alright because (as I slowly took a breath following the movement), I realized I could breathe within these depths.

 

 

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On Jun 3, 2009 Carolyn wrote:

Deep words here, deep, so deep but so peaceful. I feel nurtred for having read them. I am the centre of my world. I allow others also to be the centre of their world. Making another the centre of your world leads to far more turmoil. You can control yourself, you cannot control/should not try to control others.

Embrace the storm, learn from and with the storm. The storm may be within you or without, but if you go with the storm, you will survive.

 



On May 22, 2009 MITCHEL wrote:

true; storms r a part of our lifes n will come n go bt its how u deal with them that will make u strong and bigger than before



On May 19, 2009 Conrad wrote:

Unusually fine. It is being yourself and acceoting yourself which is no separate self. All readers continue to have our gratitude.

 

 



On May 19, 2009 Jayal wrote:

Amazingly deep yet so simple!



On May 19, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

It also occurs to me that this approach to accepting pain is useful for those who suffer from chronic pain. Anyone interested in reading more about this could check the work of Steven Levine.



On May 19, 2009 Rod Templin wrote:

This brings to mind a piece of wisdom from a Cherokee elder, "What goes on in and around you reflects your own mind and shows you the dream you are weaving".

 



On May 19, 2009 Admin wrote:

Parijat, in many cases, we ourselves don't know the sources (or they don't exist online), but whenever we can, we do try to put a link.  This particular piece was sent in by a reader, Somik Raha; it was published by Times of India on 4 May 2009, in the "Speaking Tree" column, and is excerpted from a commentary on the Ashtavakra Gita.



On May 19, 2009 parijat wrote:

I appreciate this and many of your postings -- but is it possible to list or even link to the source? It's helpful that you provide excerpts for a quick morning read, but often I want to read more of the piece or learn more about the author.

thanks!



On May 19, 2009 Diane wrote:

I needed to read that, it made me feel better