We have many ways of reconnecting to our inner and outer selves. We must only stay
still long enough to allow it to happen. In the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn, author
of 'Wherever you go, there you are:'
"Letting go means just
what it says. It's an invitation to cease clinging to anything - whether it be an idea, a
thing, an event, a particular time, a view, or desire. It is a conscious decision to
release with full acceptance into the stream of present moments as they are unfolding. To
let go means to give up coercing, resisting, or struggling, in exchange for something more
powerful and wholesome which comes out of allowing things to be as they are."
Watching your breath as it goes in and out is an excellent starting place for this
practice of letting go. As you allow your body to "breathe itself," interesting
things start to happen. Gradually, the "out there" becomes "in here"
and the "in here" becomes "out there." "I" becomes
"we," and "we" become "one" as boundaries fade and
disappear. For a moment, we slip into that space between the worlds. We have shifted from
human "doing" to human "being."
Even done briefly, this awareness exercise is amazingly refreshing, revitalizing, and
awakening in more ways than one. Our habitual patterns become clearer, and we start to see
choices in our perceptions and responses. Reality is not what it used to be! We begin to
notice that maybe the boss didn't mean to be critical, he was just having a rough day. Or
the attractive guy or woman in the next office is smiling at you and meaning it, and not
just being polite as you had previously thought. By slowing down, you have practiced a
sharpening of your inner and outer perceptions, with better understanding of yourself and
those around you. Your intuition may be sharper. You may even find yourself saying 'no' to
an unwanted assignment, and not even feel guilty about it.
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