She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.
Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.
by Thich Nhat Hanh
I love this! How often do we walk, only to have our destination in mind? When was the last time we simply enjoyed a brisk walk, with no goal or journey’s end, only our senses fully engaged?
February 28, marks the last day of the meteorological winter. Spring is on its way! The warming temperatures mean getting outdoors more and enjoying the warming temperatures. A nice walk is the perfect way to celebrate.
Walking is a delicious way to exercise, especially when all our senses are invited to participate. Think of the beautiful simplicity in this poem by Thich Nhat Hanh the next time you go for a walk.
Pause. Breathe in each step with appreciation as new found as a spring bloom.
“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.”
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley
This is a tough one!
It’s easy to enjoy life when the weather is sunny and warm. Being ‘in the moment’ is no hard task when our walks take us on sunny paths and golden trails.
I adore hiking during the most beautiful part of the year, which is Autumn, in my opinion. All five senses become fully engaged and energized. The air even feels magical.
Hiking in the Winter? Not so much. As much as I try; I just don’t enjoy putting on layers upon layers of clothing, heavy coats, boots and gloves just to get fresh air and movement. Now, once I’m out there, of course, the beauty of the season is everywhere.
Depending on where you live; it can be a real challenge to ‘be mindful’ and in ‘the moment’ when our walk involves slushy, icy, and frozen obstacles. It’s difficult not to feel ourselves wishing it were Spring!
I’m working on this. How about you? I’m not perfect! Maybe you’ve nailed this part. Not me. It’s my challenge.
How often do we ‘wish away’ other areas of life? Parts of our lives that are as natural as the Seasons?
Hormonal shifts, aches and pains, struggles with weight, emotions gone wild, fading eyesight, and all the things that can come naturally with aging. Everyone ages in their unique way due to diet, lifestyle and their genetics. We can slow down the clock, which is great news. There are still those days life seems to ‘catch up’. Those days require a bit more intention to become mindful over wishful.
How many days do we ‘wish away’? Do we run wildly through our week, wishing for the weekend? Do we stop and take time to breathe? Take a moment to ‘smell the roses’? Are we always wishing for something other than the present moment? When we wish for ‘different’, we rob ourselves of happiness.
Let’s stop playing the ‘wishing game’. We have no guarantee of tomorrow.