There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt,
containing a tornado. Dam a
stream and it will create a new
channel. Resist, and the tide
will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry
you to higher ground. The only
safety lies in letting it all in –
the wild and the weak; fear,
fantasies, failures and success.
When loss rips off the doors of
the heart, or sadness veils your
vision with despair, practice
becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your
known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes.
Go In and In: Poems from the Heart of Yoga
What a different world we’d live in if we all grasped the truth that life cannot be controlled – sooner rather than later.
Life is experienced by each and all in cycles as ephemeral as the wind, blowing where it wills, coming and going.
Contemplation, meditation, prayer and reflection assist us in the process of allowing – “practice becomes simply bearing the truth.”
And the wise turn to “practice” as soon as they learn that resistance to life is futile – and in that turning are graced – gifted – with an entirely new way of seeing, and being. Allow.