Expectations vs. Needs

Expectations vs. Needs

  • July 7, 2014

Paradox of Infertility. As we pour effort into demanding infertility treatments, our work lives can become unmanageable. Our careers are threatened at a time when we need them as a source of self-esteem and income. We need to slow down even as we are expected to try harder.

If you haven’t already, please read my introduction to the Paradoxes of Infertility post.

Buddhist Paradox. While Western psychology makes suggestions for changes in our actions and behaviors, Buddhist psychology does not propose change. Change intrinsically arises through insight and awareness. Paradoxically, when not trying to change, change occurs on its own.

Challenge your Assumption. In a journal entry, inquire into this question: Is infertility happening to you or for you?

“There are only two mistakes
one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way,
and not starting.”
-Buddha