Do you remember taking algebra and having the constant in the equation? Constants are important because they create stability. When we have constants in our lives we have a sense of safety and security. They say, “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.” I started thinking about what’s constant in my life because I work all over the country and it feels like things are constantly changing. Knowing someone at home loves me even if I’m not there is critical to continuing my work away from home. Experiencing support in the form of life updates keeps me in the loop even when I step out of the circle physically (but never emotionally or spiritually).
I was listening to an interview with Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron where she shared, “The sun is always there-sometime clouds are disguising it, but it never leaves.” That’s the simplest way to describe object constancy, knowing something still exists even if we can’t see it. How is that possible? We experience the world through multiple senses and on top of that we have our innate sense of intuition. When we pair all these sensory and experiential aspects we build a spiritual nest where in our hearts we know we’re protected.
I’m not sure why, but many equate constant with boredom. You here things like same s**t different day. If we’re coming up against the same challenges repeatedly and you think that’s a constant there’s a problem. Incurring the same obstacles over and over is insanity. It’s in that moment that changing your strategy is critical to moving forward. The constant experiences in your life should be the things that support you, encourage you, provide you with a sense of security and allow you to take some risks to hopefully improve your pilgrimage to health and healing.
Remember, the sun really is there even if you can’t see it and so your humanity! The world needs you!