Finding Comfort in Difficult Times

Finding Comfort in Difficult Times
Finding Comfort in Difficult Times

Sometimes, life just wallops us against the head, deals us with such a blow that it takes our breath away.

A loved one dies, you lose a job, someone you care about gets sick, your car gets totaled, or hopelessness hits you.

What do we do when the world around us crumbles, when we can’t seem to find a way out?

The times when things are falling apart are exactly the best times to practice mindfulness and compassion. These are the times we’re preparing for, in a way, when we meditate regularly with mindfulness and compassion, during the non-traumatic times.

The times when the world is collapsing are the richest areas of exploration, and when we need the tools most.

So the way to work with these times is this:

Stay with the pain: Don’t run from it, don’t try to do anything about it, but just face it a little more each day.

Stay with the feeling: Get friendly with the feeling even, have the braveness to just be with it like you would with a friend who’s hurting.

Do it in small doses: Do what you can handle, that’s enough. Do it with patience, noticing that your mind wants to run. Keep coming back, and you’ll earn trust in yourself to stay with the hard feelings.

Eventually, you see that the feelings aren’t so bad, that you can stay with them and the world won’t end, that they’ll go away like a passing cloud, that these feelings and thoughts aren’t you but just passing phenomena. You’ll start to take them less seriously, see that they’re No Big Deal, hold them lightly, give them space in your mind.

When the world is falling apart, this is the time to practice.

By Leo Babauta


  1. Pray for my son Derek he is in jail since November 1, 2016 for something he didn’t do I need prayers please in the name of Jesus’s Christ amen 🙏🏿

    • I feel your pain, just the thought of him behind bars is enough. But for something he’s not guilty of, must be a real burden. I will pray for a solution to find him innocent and his release.

  2. Pray for my house and a financial breakthrough and a big miracles please I am deal with a lot of things the enemies are throwing at me please I need prayers in the name of Jesus’s Christ amen 🙏🏿

  3. God is all knowing. Rest in his grace. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We must praise him in the good times and in the bad times. It’s all for our good. Let us all be faith strong. In Jesus name. Amen.


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