Contrast never goes away.
There will always be unwanted aspects in our experience, but that’s how we expand and grow.
We can’t rid ourselves of contrast, but we can change how we relate to it.
With practice we can even welcome it, knowing that contrast is the first sign of new creation and evolution.
We never stop honing our craft. Never stop refining our desires. Never stop growing in our capacity for joy and appreciation.
That’s why the saints came to love suffering. Not as masochists or some weird emotional inversion but because the unwanted is the launching point for new desire, the movement of the spirit and the coming into being of a new creation. At every unwanted moment they look with anticipation for God’s response.
If you practice feeling better and soothing painful thoughts you’ll naturally apply these skills to contrast that arises in your life. And if you find the contrast too difficult or too tumultuous, focus on feeling ease and relief instead.
You don’t need to create drama or exacerbate contrast. Life can be easy, if you allow it to be.