This post is part of my spiritual decluttering.

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Steve Taylor teaches psychology and is a follower of Ekhart Tolle. He has taken the woo woo out of the spiritual path, with his down to earth poems and reflections on awakening. I’ve chosen this one, as it describes exactly how I was for most of my life.

Time to Stop Striving

Its time to stop striving
to stop hurtling forward like a blinkered horse.
Its time to stop pushing,
like a mad-eyed explorer who wont admit defeat
convinced the only reason he cant forge ahead
is that he's not trying hard enough.

Its time to give up
the endless struggle to become
and accept that this is all there is,
that there's nothing more to gain or lose
that if this moment isn't good enough
then no moment ever will be
that if you cant make peace with this moment now
then you'l always be at war.

Its time to stop trying
to bend the world to your will
to twist destiny to your own desires
but to allow life to unfold
with slow natural grace, like spring.

Its time to stop swimming
and let the river carry you.

Why strive so hard
when you can flow so easily?

~ Steve Taylor from "The Calm Center" - Reflections and meditations for Spiritual Awakening

When we stop trying to bend the world to our will, a new way of being unfolds for us. First there is relief and then gratitude for not falling into the abyss after all. Those who are not ready to relinquish control, will automatically reject this. The ego mind is a powerful force to keep people stuck in a fear filled superficial world.

A new door of understanding opens when we make peace with this moment.

May we find our way to let go of striving and flow through the Holidays. 🙏🏼


23 comments on “Inspiration – Author Steve Taylor

  1. Sharon Lawrence

    Perfect timing my friend!

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  2. Thank you for this, Val. I am in a season of reflection now and this poem fits beautifully into what I’m seeing…about myself. 🙏🏻💕

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  3. that seems like it would be so hard to do; it almost seems like you are giving up. I’ll have to think about this one a bit more. Happy Holidays, Val!

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  4. I’ve been a striver for most of my life too Val, slowly learning to unwind, relax, and flow. To flowing lives and holidays.

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  5. I can relate to it more and more every day .Rumi quotes “Try something different. Surrender.”
    Thank you for sharing .Happy Holidays to you and yours !

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  6. Thank you Val, that is well written, and flow I shall. Merry Christmas, may its flow of joy be your hearts stream 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋 🎅🏽 🦌 🕊 🎄 🎁 ⛄️

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  7. So so beautiful Val. ❤️

    Not sure but i think it should be ‘that if…’ in the first and third lines below. Please check

    that is this moment isn’t good enough
    then no moment ever will be
    that is you cant make peace with this moment now
    then you’l always be at war.

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  8. Here’s to 2022 and to flowing well . . . here, now.

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  9. Perfect. I’m in the flow and watching what comes with it. Not what I expected but definitely what I needed. It’s an interesting thing to watch what the Universe brings from my thoughts. Letting things unfold is so rare.

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  10. Ah, yes…thank you for the reminder of the ever-present invitation into the flow…

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  11. Good advice. 😍

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