“When life gives you lemons”
By James Anthony Curtis
Although I’m a huge fan of lemonade, sometimes “when life gives you lemons,” it’s not about making lemonade.
Sometimes, the deeper teaching is to be with the lemons, abiding in how we feel with their texture, smell, even taste, as we boldly go into the natural state of what is arising for us to explore and experience.
We don’t do this with a point in mind of curling our lips in recoil at the sourness of our truth, but simply to be with our truth in however it appears.
So often it’s easy to become accustomed, so familiar with our reflections that we are tempted to try to arrange them, making “lemonade” out of our lemons, rather than with being with what arises as they show up.
When we are ready, we grant uncomfortable feelings and thoughts passage into a deepening relationship with ourselves, as we begin to embrace long awaited arrivals, revealing parts coming forth to be loved for our wellbeing.
This practice yields not only the love we give our heart through what we are feeling as we abide, but allows us to explore under the surface of once ignored darkness previously sweetened to suit our tastes.
In our abiding, we might discover new doors, depths that once upon a time uttered, “impossible, impassable, inconceivable” to our experience of being.
And although we may be with our lemons for a little while, in our space of gifting ourselves the love of ourselves, we may not only make our lemonade, but enjoy the new depth of freedom in choosing to do so.
May our innocence come forth as we are ready, to explore, experience, and express all that we have longed to share in our abiding.
May we hold, feel, taste, see, and smell, every lemon that life offers us for our wellbeing.
May we come to know the one we have been waiting for, the love we already are, as life springs forth from our abundance of being.
May it be so, so it is.