Every now and then someone says something so on point that time itself seems to pause and listen. I had such an experience yesterday. In a yoga class, a wise mentor teacher put us into a pose and asked us to hold it. And hold it. And hold it. As time passed, the seemingly simple asana took on a new intensity, and we had the opportunity to feel the physical sensations in our bodies while weathering the resulting storm in our minds.
While offering modifications, the teacher said, quite simply, "If you are miserable, do something about it."
On the surface, her comment was an invitation to relieve physical discomfort by using a prop, but I almost laughed out loud at the obvious but powerful truth. I am grateful to be far from miserable in my life, but we all have moments in which we are frustrated or aggravated. And more often than we should, we sit with that discomfort when we could, instead, say or do something to improve the situation.
Are you miserable (or simply displeased) about something in your life? What can you do about it?