The only answer I know is: by letting go. Letting go of the to-do list, even if just for a few moments, a few breaths. Letting go of my connections to others ~ emotional, mental, psychic, and electronic ~ just for now. Letting go of seeking answers, knowing they are more likely to arise when I quit grasping after them. Letting go of all shoulds and shouldn’ts. Letting go of any images or ideas of who I am. Going into the silence, the stillness, the nothingness.
Perhaps that sounds scary, but something lovely arises when I manage to do this, even for five or ten minutes. A sweet emptiness, a quiet fullness, a spreading warmth in my core, which bring a gentle smile to my lips, a feeling of okay-ness just being here now. This inner peace is so rich, so nurturing, it’s a wonder that I so often forget to let go and drop in to this quietness.
Why do I forget? “There’s so much to do!” I say to myself. “I have to get busy.” Well, sure. We all have things to do. That’s okay. And, I try to remember what the Dalai Lama said: “I have so much to do today, I better meditate twice as long.” This reminds me that I’ll be calmer, more centered, and a lot more efficient, if I take the time to let go in meditation.
Note: Following the Contemplation Questions is a poem/meditation from Frog Spirit, which I hope you enjoy.
- How do you react to the thought of letting go of:
- your to-do list?
- your connections to others, for example, your cell phone?
- all the images and ideas of who you think you are?
- What helps you find quietness?
Please share your answers, if you are willing. I’d love to hear from you!
Here is a poem/meditation/teaching from Frog Spirit. It helps me let go. I hope it may do the same for you. (Suggestion: scroll through slowly, taking time to absorb each phrase.)
Wisdom of the Frog
by Rahima Warren
Notice the slow breath ~ ~ ~ ~
Let yourself go heavy ~ ~ ~ ~
Sink down, down to the bottom of the pond ~ ~ ~ ~
in the cold water, in the darkness of grey winter ~
Bury yourself in the soft ooze ~
Settle yourself into the enveloping mud, let it close around you ~ ~ ~ ~
Rest in the non-doing
Let the images drift and bloom ~ and drift away
Let the words float away ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Go into the no~thing~ness ~ ~ ~
From this quietness, stillness,
ask to receive what you most need now ~
Let your maw gape open ~ and wait ~ ~ ~ ~
Always letting go, sinking down, down, down~~~
Trusting the stillness is all that is necessary ~ ~ ~
Fullness naturally follows.
movement is born.
Always begin by doing nothing ~
being still ~
listening to the silence.
From the bottom of the stillness ~
fluid action arises.