Good grief, I almost missed the bus, It is hard to believe that we are rapidly approaching the end of another year. Wait, isn’t it still April, no blink your eyes and it’s almost Thanksgiving. Where the hell has the time gone.
Cosmic speedup, warp factor 5 Mr.Sulu…
In any case, life rolls on and I continue to work on my plan for part three of my life journey. Part of the lesson is to learn more patience and more importantly learning to just “let go” Ahh, yes, the power of those two little words. On first blush, it is easier said than done.
Yes, I can say I would like to think I always go with the flow like a cork on the water but the reality is otherwise. It is so very hard sometimes not to be in control. That is not to say that I am an uptight control freak that can’t roll the wife’s punches. I believe it is more a matter of developing an unwavering faith and trust that the universe has your highest and best good at heart. One of the key ingredients is to realize that you are not always in the driver’s seat. Sounds really silly, but when you just let go of trying to arrange outcomes, a “shift” happens and the ride gets smoother and things gain clarity.
Why is the act of letting go so difficult. Is it because we are humans after all and are just fearful of letting go of the reins of the direction of our life. This is not an indictment of ourselves but merely an observation. Life deals us some curve balls that we can’t always hit especially when we only look for fast balls.
In terms of modern day lessons of letting go, I look to the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Last Crusade where Indiana Jones must go through three challenges to reach the Holy Grail. When he reaches the lion’s head, it appears there is no way to make it across the chasm in front of him. The lesson here is a leap of faith and to let go. He places his hand over his heart, closes his eyes and steps forward. Lo and behold, a walkway appears. Ah, yes, let go and trust the universe.
Another notion of to let go is to experience and exhilarating sense of freedom and release. You have surrendered the reins and accepted the will of the power of the universe. And with that, can come a real sense of bliss. Somehow we must fight through this need to control everything and our world. I remember going to my hay guy to pick up some bales before bad weather hit, and I was bitching and moaning about the weather that was coming, He stopped and said was there anything I could do to stop it, I said no and he laughed and said then shut up. Lesson learned , let go of all the stuff I think I need to control., pure, plain and simple.When you release attachments
In my current job search, I have been very humbled and have had to learn to let go of any expectations. I now send out resumes for certain jobs and let go of any outcomes. If I do not do this, I risk my sanity.
To let go is to be free. That is powerful medicine. When you release attachments and seek only to be in the moment, life will put a smile on your face. I think about the late, George Carlin, who said, “it’s just stuff.” When we realize that we don’t need all that stuff and can just be free. But we are such junkies so life must go our way. But, it is really about stopping the urge to fight the flow of life. When we stop and trust, it is where we really find the hidden gold.
It is a matter of trust, faith and a little more of each. Sometimes it is important to just exhale and trust the flow. It sounds so easy, yet it is very hard. Human nature I guess. I, by no means, have the corner on being able to simply let go. What keeps me sane is to remember to just be in the moment, because n the end that is all we truly have. Now I truly understand why Buddhist monks seem so happy. No attachments, no need to control. To let go is to believe in the infinite possibilities of the magic of life, and to acknowledge the power of the flow of the universe. It is all about trusting that leap of faith.
This time of the year is really tough on me. And I am not totally sure as to why. Some of it is just an unrealistic view of the holidays. Maybe I have been programmed by too many Hallmark movies. Somehow I feel like I just want to have my environment just such instead of trusting that the universe will take care of my path. Letting go is remembering to breathe. The power of breath is immeasurable. Just remembering to breath can bring you deeper into the soul and help you delve deeper into the yoga asanas. It is truly soul stirring.
Let go, take that step, believe in that leap of faith, have real trust and just believe in yourself. For you, your being is a gift.