If you’d like to work on letting go, I would like to offer a simple practice.
And while I’m not a perfect father, I think I’m pretty good at it. Mostly because I absolutely love it.
What do I mean by “your edge”? I mean going just to the edge of discomfort, just to the edge of what is difficult for you, what is pushing your boundaries a bit.
Moving ourselves away from the direct experience of this moment, out of habitual reaction, is the heart of our unhappiness and disconnect from life.
You won’t stick to any change for long if you really hate doing it.
It’s a beautiful time to reimagine your life.
What happens once you drop the ego and drop into a wide open, gentle, loving awareness? Magic.
This shakiness is the cause of our procrastination, hiding from overwhelming projects, running from discomfort, and putting off exercise, healthy eating, meditation, writing, reading and all the other things we want in our lives.
To tame technology to do what we need and then let it go so we can be more present, go outside more, move more, be connected to each other in real life more. Wrangling the chaos into something that we use consciously isn’t always easy.
The nature of the world is chaos, but what if we could find a more deliberate way of moving through the chaos?
If you’re waiting for things to settle down, it’s a beautiful shift to let go of that and just relax into the groundlessness of it all.
So many of us neglect the act of looking back, that we just continually get caught up in the minutia of our daily lives, in the busyness of projects and events, in the drama of unfolding family affairs.
The goal doesn’t become the most important thing — though it is helpful — the present moment and your actions and appreciation in the moment become the most important things.
What would happen if we decided to become radicals, and simplified the holidays? What would happen if we bucked the consumerist traditions, and got down to the essentials?
What if we wanted to train our minds to do something different?
Think about any commitments you’ve made this year — did you treat them as if they were the most important thing in the world, and put yourself fully in them?