Life is a series of events, happenstances, and circumstances which, for the most part, we have very little control of. When we contemplate truth and true stability, safety, and consistency, our contemplations eventually lead us to the reality that everything is always changing. What is true today may not be true tomorrow. What is stable today may be dissolved tomorrow. What is rigid today may be malleable tomorrow.Life is a series of events, happenstances, and circumstances which, for the most part, we have very little control of. When we contemplate truth and true stability, safety, and consistency, our contemplations eventually lead us to the reality that everything is always changing. What is true today may not be true tomorrow. What is stable today may be dissolved tomorrow. What is rigid today may be malleable tomorrow.
Have you ever seen the bumper sticker “shift happens”? It’s a great reminder that changes will come. Despite our desire to control the shifts, most of the time they come when we are not ready for them. Alternately, when we are ready we find ourselves sitting around agitated that they haven’t come on our demand. Whether we are ready or not, change is a constant in nature and will arrive upon our doorstep. It is one of the the natural laws of the universe, cause and effect, or in sanskrit, Karma. And though we don’t always have the ability to affect its timeline directly what we can do is to let be what is, before, during, and after its transformation from one state to another.
In the context of our ability to live a life of more peace, the more comfortable we allow ourselves to get with the reality of change, the more adaptable we become. Giving ourselves the freedom to be in the flow of what is, rather than fight against it, enables the possibility to experience life as it is while we are having it. Many call this presence. Presence in turn enhances our respond-ability, and our experience of life as joyful no matter what is rising or falling away. This is the practice of living life as a meditation, and practicing on our mat in such a contemplative way translates off our mats and into the world.
The practice in this function provides us the template to explore the parameters of letting be what is. We learn to let our breath be what it is while observing it change, contracting and expanding, lengthening and shortening. We learn to let the body be as it is in the same vein. The translation of this kind of practice into our lives looks like learning to let ourselves be in dissatisfaction and/or contentment, in love and/or grief, in excitement and/or fear while we are there and not fighting away to another state we desire to be in more. Because we all in some essence want to feel at peace with our lives the value of learning to be comfortable in a state of letting it be isn’t gained in taking the agitation away, it is added in the gain of no longer giving the state of being an ability to nag at us. Life is going to happen. When it happens you can fight against it and spend your short experience of embodiment in a state of suffering and pain, or you can let it be, knowing you are the key holder to your peace.
As Lao Tzu so eloquently wrote, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
With Love, Always, in All Ways, for Giving, in Joy,