"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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