"We are victors in life when we receive bad news with as much joy as good news and see the blessing in trials. You have risen above this world and cannot be moved."
This is part of the paradox of spirituality. To many, they look at a statement that we can be happy during sad times and do not understand it. This is foolishness to many. This is because there are many hidden truths that undergird this statement.
Since we are spirit, in essence, we do need to fear anything. We will live eternally without any effort on our part and we cannot lose our lives. If we consider our earthly existence to be our life, then we have something to fear. However, our earthly existence is but a shell for our spirit.
A recurrent theme that I am experiencing now is learning to think outside of duality. Some say this is how supreme consciousness thinks, and that this is the ideal we should all aspire to.
The essence of suffering is attachment to outcome. Attachment to outcome is being tied to our earthly existence, that is duality. In its basic form, duality consists of labeling things. We label this good and that bad. However, labeling prevents us from experiencing the "subject of our labeling" fully. We do not see it as a unique experience but want to categorize it with prior experiences, even before we get a chance to experience it!
We are victors in life when we receive bad news with as much joy as good news and see the blessing in trials. You have risen above this world and cannot be moved. To not be attached to outcome means that we truly our joyous in all things, which is our basic nature anyways. If we are filled with joy in trying times, how easy is it to be filled with joy in the normal, everyday life?
To have attained such an ideal, is truly living in heaven while you are still on earth. An undercurrent to this topic, which I will touch on briefly, is the reason why we have trials. A trial is only "trying" if it touches a part of us that is identified with pain. The blessing in a trial is the opportunity to heal this pain through forcing us to confront why we are feeling it in the first place.
Once we receive healing for this pain, we then break the cycle of karma that led us to put ourselves in a situation that would stir the pain up. That is the joy we must have when in a difficult situation. Feel the associated pain but realize that it is really joy that has been disguised and that you are making progress on your spiritual path.