Surrender, faith, and trust: it’s easy when nothing at stake is staring me in the face, but how about when my whole body is bursting with wanting to orchestrate, manage, and control? Sure, I can give examples of the amazingness that happens when I do practice Divine hand-offs — but how do I actually do this? What does it look like, in practice?
I was really in the throes of falling off of the Let God Do This wagon, in the interest of being responsible for (a serious situation in) my life. A miracle happened to help me see to stay the surrendered faith course. And of course, the amazing resolution unfolded. (You can read the story of this synopsis, here.)
Did you notice that the miracle was my spiritual head-butt, and NOT the outcome? The results were indeed phenomenal, but my miracle was in my personal pivot point. Just saying…Read More
Letting go of struggle, orchestration, and working to create outcomes is not same thing as giving up self-responsibility and expecting the world to take care of me. I know this. And yet, I’m still learning this. I had another opportunity to practice very recently, and my whole darn experience was nothing short of amazing.Read More
When I was a kid,
I remember my mom
cleaning house furiously
and midway through,
sitting down in the living room
on the cracked
with a cup of hot coffee
and a lit cigarette,
This was my introduction
to meditation.Geri Wilimek, We Sit
Meditation cushions, classes, and structured events are great. They provide a framework as we turn toward mindfulness. What are some other ways we might also pause with intention?
Go for a walk (without earbuds). Listen to the rain on the roof (with the TV off). Spend some time in a chair (with no screens or books).
Just be, for a moment. Or two. Be not afraid to just be with your own self. And see what arrives — or doesn’t.
Don’t worry, this is not laziness. Pausing is not irresponsibility. No worries that we’ll turn into slackers. But dare I say there might be a lesson in here for me about standing down, about finding balance?
Attention. Intention. Application. Reflection. Introspection. Contemplation. Intervention. Suspension. Perception. Ascension.
How might a moment of mediation look, today? I will practice being present while brushing my teeth. What will you try?
As I practice periodic mindful sessions of being agreeable, I experienced an AHA about myself so huge that I had to sit down. It helped me make sense of and have greater compassion for myself, leveled-up. (Which of course is then also projected toward others.) And it’s regarding wanting to be understood, and people-pleasing.
These two are actually the same thing.Read More