The paradox is the source of the thinker’s passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity. Søren Kierkegaard

Sometimes rushing to resolution is not always the best answer to a situation. Living your spirituality can often bring you face to face with conflict between what you believe and what the world presents to you. It’s natural to want to resolve that conflict, particularly in our hurry-up society. But sometimes, living in the paradox, the pull of opposites, is a powerful way of being. Instead of racing to a solution, sit yourself calmly in the question. This opens the space to bring a different way forward that has never been perceived before.

Whatever this new way may be, it comes as a surprise because you never thought of it before. It emerges because you were willing to sit in the tension of opposites and not battle to get rid of it immediately. It is a spiritual skill to trust the mystery of not knowing and believe that a greater abundant good is present. It is loving the sun and the moon, the yin and the yang, the ebb and the flow without choosing one over the other. By sitting fully present you will discover a new way.

Spiritual Contemplation: Where do you feel the pull of opposites creating inner conflict for you? Let go of your desire to have it immediately handled and sit with it to see what surprising insight that tension has to present to you.

Affirmation: I embrace the paradox of life. I see a greater way emerging in the midst of the pull of opposites.

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