Adversity has a way of coming into our lives when we least expect it. True, sometimes we see it coming, but more often than not, it lands in our life and leaves us reeling.
Once we are hit by one of life’s challenges, we are left with the sometimes daunting task of getting ourselves balanced again. We can help ourselves strengthen this ability long before we even get knocked sideways. Attending to some basic capacities as we move through our daily lives gives us the reserves we need to bounce back from whatever life throws our way.
In addition to the challenging emotions, building our positive emotional capacity gives us a valuable amount of reserves. Since we are wired to hold on to ‘negative’ emotions, we have to practice cultivating our experience of positive emotions such as gratitude, awe, interest, and play. Seeking opportunities to welcome these emotions and to savor them and how we experience them will strengthen their presence. As we keep ourselves open to experiencing these emotions, we become better able to see our options for resolving any kind of situation.