Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Art of Relinquishing

 "When you relinquish, then you will expand."
~Zen master Dennis Genpo Merzel

So simple, yet, for most of us, so far beyond our reach! One of those, 'easier said than done' kinds of things. It goes right along with the concept of living in the moment. There is another saying I've read that holds the same principle (at least, in my eyes, it does), and that is, something to the effect that, when you empty the bowl only then can you fill it. I think it is also akin to an open heart and an open mind.

In meditation practice, our greatest challenge is to quiet that 'monkey mind' of ours. All that chatter and dialogue that is constantly going on in our heads. When you can get to that state where the mind can be still, the magic begins. That peaceful flow of energy that enters your body, mind and spirit. In that moment, it is as though your feet are firmly planted on the ground while the rest of you reaches out to infinity. All at the same time. It's hard to get there, as we tend to carry everything with us! Yet, the simple act of relinquishing, of accepting what is and expecting nothing more is what transports us there.

I truly believe that when one is successful at letting go, at relinquishing to the Universe, it is then that the harsh edges of life soften and give way to more positive, loving experiences.

Yes, I know...easier said than done!

It is our life's work.

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." (Martin Luther King)

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13 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Such a crisp, sharp shadow shot for the day, Paula! And wise words that we can all use!! Enjoy your weekend!!

Ralph said...

The world outside can be busy and brusque - we get caught ip in it speed so much that we forget to pull back and gather our thoughts - only then can solutions be examined and a charted course be pursued. Half full is always the case if we relax our minds a bit...great shadows - it looks almost as if it is a chessboard, which is perfect for your theme. In chess, moves are not quick but studied...Excellent post!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Monkey Mind....
THAT is the problem ~ you hit it on the head Paula :)

Patti said...

Ah, mindfulness. I guess it must take a lot of practice, and is indeed our life's work.

Leovi said...

Yes, beautiful composition, excellent play of light, shadows and lines. Greetings.

Catherine said...

love that grid pattern......

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love how the grid of shadows has soft shadows in each shape! Lovely angle!

Norma Ruttan said...

superb shadow shot!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Fantastic shot Paula!

Shadow of Snowman
Have a lovely weekend. Come and drop me a line or two when you get a chance.

robin. said...

your post reminds me of this...

"we are cups constantly and quietly being filled. the trick is, knowing when to tip ourselves over, and let the beautiful stuff out" ray bradbury

great post paula...and fun shadow shot for today.

BLOGitse said...

You post inspired me...
'The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.'
Pablo Picasso

MyMaracas said...

Wonderful shadow you captured there.

Letting go isn't easy for me, but I'm ready to begin.

A Cuban In London said...

I can't believe that you've posted about letting go. I'm actually working on a post now (to come out in a couple of weeks) on how to learn to let go of your anger. Something I found difficult to achieve in my younger years. Thank you for this lovely post.

Greetings from London.

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