Pain arises in our lives when the reality of our situation doesn’t align with the story we’ve created about how things should be. Contentment on the other hand is the result of releasing our stories and embracing reality for what it is. I am in the midst of exploring my ‘stories’ that have influenced how I’ve perceived life, myself, and those around me. I often get stuck in frustration at the contrast between reality and my projections of what it should look like. So, my practice these days is lifting the filters from my eyes and loosening my need to control so that I can fully and truly experience life not based on what I want from it, but for what it offers in each passing moment.