“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
While I deeply admire the teachings of the Tao and Lao Tzu, this particular nugget of wisdom used to make me so angry. How in the world could I feel content when the way things were frankly sucked. No matter how many times I ‘centered’ myself or listened to the stillness within, every time I opened my eyes and surveyed the landscape of my life, there was much to be unhappy about. I was far from rejoicing. I was hopeless. A hopeless, hapless individual who was incapable of contentment.
The world would never belong to me.
My spiritual path has led me in many different directions. As I uncover pockets of peace, I open to new ways of looking at the world. Any one of us has the capacity to ‘be content with what we have’. It isn’t a matter of loving our circumstances, it’s learning to accept them exactly as they are. When you stop fighting what is, you become walking, talking freedom. You don’t have to be Buddha, Jesus or Lao Tzu to do this. You only have to be open to a new way of perception.
It all comes down to where you believe your experience of the world originates.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”
I have found when I believed the outside world causes my pain, I am without hope. When I let go of the world and my expectations for it, even if it’s only a tiny sliver, that is when healing alights and washes over me.
Using logic I will never find contentment. Using soul-judgment I am reassured that all is exactly as it needs to be.
It doesn’t matter if the world belongs to me or not.
Let the rejoicing begin.