When we slow down and take time to allow what is before us to be as it is, we begin to drink at the cup of life. There is a subtly between engaging life where we are and stimulating it.
To stimulate is to be constantly making things happen. Thinking of the next thing we want to do or have to do or what we want to avoid, change, or impact. Turning towards the next task, the next purchase. Feeling the pressure of time at our backs. This is the mind that seeks distraction; when really it is seeking direction and connection.
“Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”-Lao Tzu
When we engage life we meet each moment fully. We say to our heart, “let me focus on the next step only”. Gradually we notice how much our mind wants to tumble us forward as if the life we were creating in that moment was not good enough, not worthy of our minds attention. There must be something better, something more we need have to be happy and satisfied.
Slowly, as we ask our heart for help in this way, we start noticing how life comes to us and we do not need to try and control it. There is relief in letting go of the notion of control. We begin to build trust. When this awareness comes, drink it in. For trust is elixir of life. Trust in yourself and trust in the unfolding of your life and the lives of those around you.
From the platform of trust, our bodies can relax, stress will reduce and the clouds will part, revealing the blue sky that was, and is always, right there, waiting for your presence.
Can you observe how life is always coming to you. Touch your hand to your heart and say “Heart, show me how to give myself to what is before me”. Then let the intention go.
As you proceed through your day, notice how do you feel in your body when you pause to be present to the next moment as it unfolds. Is there a familiar dropping sensation or contraction in your belly where you hold fear of something that needs to be done, that will be missed or forgotten, that fuels an urgency or restlessness within you. Does your mind immediately pull towards something reassuring like browsing, eating, buying, talking, switching on the radio. Notice, thats all, and smile for 20 seconds.
There is also a deeper primal fear that lurks within our busyness. It lies beneath the feeling that we are scanning our life for actions we need to take to satisfy or please another (the boss, the spouse, the children, the friend, the pet, the driver coming towards us on a single lane track, the customer, the client, the supermarket checkout person). The fear of being at the receiving end of another’s displeasure is a fear of banishment from the tribe and thus potential death. In the desert survival is based on the company you keep and the tribes to which you belong and this need to belong has sound ground. Yet does it belong in your body today? Did it once serve the past, yet no longer serves your present moment as it is, in all that is.
Today’s earth whisper
“Let things unfold and remember; I hold you, I hold you, I hold you.”
Slowly the trust will build and joy will emerge from your heart like the flowers you had forgotten were waiting patiently below the earth until the time was right once more to burst forth in celebration.