A wise sage once said, "Things that are terrible have wonderful results. Things that are pleasurable have painful results." We live in a mind-set that wants things to be good all the time. In a changing universe, where everything is ephemeral, this is impossible. A moment's pleasure is here, then it is gone. Frustration, disappointment and unhappiness lives on in its wake. But things that are terrible, things that ultimately can't be avoided or escaped from, finally catch up to us, and in those moments we learn of our strength, our courage and our ability to move through them. In essence, we "wake-up," we become more conscious, so that we can we look back and realize that we are stronger, more confident and happier than ever before. Waking up, becoming more and more aware of who we are---This is meditation and this is the path to Freedom.
Blessings and love,