First Published September 11, 2010

Each morning as we wake, what are our expectations for the day?

Do we look forward to all the wondrous things that may occur or do we worry about the unhappy moments or the terrible things that may happen throughout the day?
Perhaps we think about the sign the Moon is in and what aspects are happening that will highlight different energies that we can use throughout the day.
Today let’s consider having an ordinary day.
Looking back over the years there really are very few days that stand out against the rest.
We really have a great deal of ordinary days.
Perhaps today we got up with plenty of time to catch up on our email communications, we enjoyed the perfect cup of coffee, the shower was hot and soothing and we headed off to work feeling great.
On the other hand, perhaps we stepped on the cat as we got out of bed. her howl awoke our sleeping family and we went on to burn our toast and had a terrible confrontation with our partner, teenage child or house-mate!
We raced out of the house feeling horrible about every aspect of our life.
These are such ordinary occurrences and yet they set the stage for how we feel about the rest of the day or even the entire week. These ordinary occurrences color how we treat our co-workers and how we feel about our closest relationships!
From those simple moments, we move into our day, feeling bliss or despair.
It is crucial to understand how ordinary these types of events are.
The minor mishaps or pleasures can create in us a perception that life is great or terrible.
The reality is that both the best and the most challenging events are just like clouds passing across the Sun – they will move along in a moment – and something else will appear.
We make life so difficult for ourselves by trying to hang on to the beautiful moments and/or keep the difficult moments from happening at all.

In reality, we will each have both the good and the challenging. They will all pass away into more ordinary moments – more bliss; more difficulty.
We can work with our minds. We can learn to let these moments go by peacefully and wait with open arms for the next moments to come freely and pass away again.
In order to face real difficulties, the death and pain that we will invariably encounter over time, first we must learn to handle these ordinary moments.

Breath. and let it pass. it will all change in a moment.