The blog entry below is a sample chapter from my book Tao Flashes, A Woman’s Way to Navigating the Midlife Journey with Integrity, Harmony and Grace.
Midlife is a time of turbulence for many of us. Sometimes the turbulence comes from an inner state, sometimes from outside influences.
I believe midlife is a time of undoing and unearthing, a shedding of ourselves as we begin to question. The questions may start small, but invariably grow, like a sprout, seeking, searching for life. Some of us are forced to do the hard and dirty work quickly, but in the end, the process of shifting, unearthing, will take as long as it takes. It is different for each of us.
Every time I thought I learned a lesson, I ended up repeating it. The universe would show me there was and is much more to learn. We cannot escape our lessons. If we are rushing the process of self-discovery, denying any part of our self, the lesson will invariably loop back around so we can experience it in another form until we figure it out.
This work takes a strong and tranquil spirit. But how do we become strong and master our lessons so we are not the ones being mastered? How do we become peaceful and patient in agitated, unsettled times and circumstances?
The lessons often lie in the search…it is the journey where we discover our truths. Inner strength comes from the search for inner strength, and tranquility comes after we’ve battled the unrest, the shadows and the darkest parts of ourselves to uncover our truth.
Journal Question: What lesson do you need to master at this point in your journey? Where do you need courage in your life?
Affirmation: Love is my constant companion on my journey to peace.