Let go of the ways you thought life
would unfold: the holding of plans
or dreams or expectations – Let it
all go. Save your strength to swim
with the tide. The choice to fight
what is here before you now will
only result in struggle, fear, and
desperate attempts to flee from
the very energy you long for. Let go.
Let it all go and flow with the grace
that washes through your days whether
you receive it gently or with all your
quills raised to defend against invaders.
Take this on faith: the mind may never
find the explanations that it seeks, but
you will move forward nonetheless.
Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry
you to unknown shores, beyond your
wildest dreams or destinations. Let it
all go and find the place of rest and
peace, and certain transformation.
Danna Faulds taken from Go in and In – Poems form the Heart of Yoga
In looking for an image to compliment these soulful flowing words, I came across several references to “only dead fish go with the flow” and many self improvement posters showing the colorful fish pushing against the flow of grey fishes….
In our culture we are conditioned from an early age to be an individual; to stand out and above others; pushing to succeed: strategizing to overcome and competing to win. We are also expected to be good consumers in order to achieve status and happiness. But is this truly the way to be happy and successful in life or is this the way to maintain a consumer based society.
Many people feel let down and get down on themselves because what they think they need doesn’t make them happy.
When we allow ourselves to fully experience life’s highs and lows, it becomes clear that happiness doesn’t come from what we acquire or attain. It lies within us.
To find happiness we have to bring our attention into our inner world and let go of trying to control the outcomes of our life.
When we pause we transform.
If you disagree with me, ask yourself “How often do I find time to pause and find a place of rest and peace?”