Accepting the natural unfolding of life, we learn to be present with what is, to let go of our innumerable agendas, & to relinquish our determination that life conform to our will. Changing our relationship to the attachments we accumulate in life, & modifying the habits of resistance we meet in the processs, are formidable challenges, but the insight we gain in the effort can be transformative. We have no control over the way life unfolds. When we accept life as it is, with an open gentle spirit, we are able to taste what Pema Chodron calls ‘the wisom of no escape.’……..John Greer
this is why we pray & meditate…to create space for the light to sift through…to ease the grasping….to unravel possibilities never before thought of…to coax open instead of hammering open….to find what you love & then to really know it & then to allow it to be there for you….for me, it’s the sea…the place to be when there’s no escape….to fill the well & remember expansiveness….
If God is the sculptor, our practice is like a chisel that works effectively & patiently to remove stone. Just as the progress of chiseling, brushing, & blowing away debris & dust is not by way of acquisition, the way an assembly of bricks & mortar acquires us a building, so the practice of contemplation does not acquire for us some thing. Contemplative practice proceeds by way of the engaged receptivity of release, of prying loose, of letting go of the need to have our life circumstances be a certain way in order for us to live or pray or be deeply happy……Martin Laird
challenges show us new ways of being….our brains become a little looser after being undone by fear & resistance if we just say, ‘ok, I have had enough’….the clinging eases…the inexplicable mysteries all seem to carry ripe & raw paradoxes….use them…
The mind of no clinging is open & vast.
It is receptive to everything,
but holds on to nothing.