How many times a day do you find yourself in resistance to what is? Are you even aware that your feelings of discontent are due to your resistance? I live on South Padre Island, TX, and twice a year we have biker’s weekend where our ears are serenaded by hundreds of motorcycles. Us “natives” go on with our regular lives which for me includes a group meditation at the yoga studio. After one of these meditations someone commented that the noise of the motorcycles disrupted the meditation. For you it might be another person’s behavior, a politician, another driver, an unexpected expense or an illness. The key question to ask yourself is if your disturbance is due to the stimulus or your feeling of “wishing it weren’t so?” If you resist what you experience you create your own discontent. If you accept your experience to be what it is, moment by moment, the feeling of “wishing it weren’t so” quickly dissolves and you return to a relaxed state of mind. Eckhart Tolle says that if you find yourself trapped in a reactive movement you can change it to a moment of transcendence by surrendering to what is. This is what Jesus did when he accepted the cross and said, “Not my will, but thy will be done.” Of course, this does not mean you should tolerate abuse, cruelty and injustice. Nor does it mean you accept the world as it is and others’ suffering. What it does mean is that when you have the “wishing it weren’t so” feeling you pause, feel it and then focus on any tension or contractions in your body. Then let them go! Life is a current carrying you down stream. Fighting the current doesn’t change what is. It only depletes your energy, effectiveness and enjoyment of life.