There are many paths of practice, walked by many different people. But something that will be encountered by almost everyone is resistance. I met him today and for a while his presence made me feel very uncomfortable. I wondered why he had appeared – why now when things were going well? And why does he never take the hint that he is not wanted?
Normally when Resistance comes to call, I try to muscle him out the door. But this time, I welcomed him, for I realised that he had something to tell me. Instead of shouting at him to clear off, I asked him what he wanted to say. And I listened.
Resistance has an important job – he is a messenger of the heart. He tells you when something 'doesn't feel right' and he also digs in when there is something you don't want to change. Sometimes he protects you when you are feeling fearful or unsupported. Or when there is inner 'work' to do that could be draining.
He is like a faithful bodyguard, because he doesn't ask questions, he just turns up on demand. Since he is a champion of your heart and emotions, his presence can irritate the thinking mind. We try to intellectualise everything and sometimes forget the emotional cost. Resistance won't let you do that. Sometimes he wears a disguise and calls himself Procrastination (but that's another story). And yet, if you get to know him, and listen to his message, he soon leaves.
When following a practice like the 40-day one I am doing, Resistance is virtually guaranteed to come calling at some stage – or several. It made it difficult to push through and do the practice today, but I did. Overcoming the resistance is, in fact, part of the practice. It's about hearing the message that it holds.
So now I'm half-way through. Phew!
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