Sometimes we can get stuck when we deny where we are in the name of staying in the fantasy of where we should be or the desire to be somewhere else. On the flip side, we can refuse to acknowledge what we desire and name our preferences when we decide that we should just be where we are and accept what is. What if we now have the capacity to contain or include both the experience we are now having and the experience we'd prefer to have? We don't have to use one to invalidate the other.
This dynamic can play out within the self in various ways. One way is when we desire to be relaxed and at ease with our circumstances whereas in truth, we feel frustrated and powerless. The tendency in this scenario is trying to choose one or the other, either coercing ourselves to feel good or ok because we really desire to, or drowning in the discomfort of how we feel, in other words feeling powerless to our emotional or physical reality.
This dynamic can play out in relationship where someone else would say everything's fine, don't worry about it (because that's how they desire it to be for you) whereas in reality you are feeling upset, challenged by the circumstances you're in and not fine. When you feel like you have to dismiss or invalidate your experience and adopt theirs or resist their perceived insensitivity and reject their comments it leads to further conflict either played out within the self or with the other person. What if you could contain, include or validate other people's desires for you as well as your current experience?
What would it be like to increase our capacity to "be present" or fully be as we are and where we are AND acknowledge our preferences and desires for something different? We no longer have to deny where we are in favor of how or where we should be, nor do we have to exclude our desires or preferences for change in the name of "accepting what is." In addition to this we can then increase our capacity to celebrate when our desires and preferences match the reality we're experiencing.
As we increase our ability to contain in our awareness the experience we're having and the experience we desire to have as well as the thoughts, feelings and emotions associated with the contrast between the two, we can retire the old strategies we once used to try to find relief from mental, emotional, physical and energetic discomfort. Here are some of the strategies that we can retire when we don't have to choose one side and reject the other:
The accept what is strategies to retire:
The fixation on what should be or the focus solely on what you desire strategies:
So, in summary, what if now is the time to step into our capacity to contain both where we are now or "what is" AND what we desire to have or how we desire to think, feeling and act? And as we strengthen this ability, we can extend this approach to our interactions with others. How much more can we include in our awareness? What else can we choose as a contribution to the ease of living and the joy of being as we are, where we are, and embracing the change and difference that's possible?