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The Joy Of Allowing Life To Be

"The Master understands that the Universe is forever out-of-control,

and that trying to dominate events goes against the current of the Tao."

Lao Tzu

Sometimes things happen in life that we don't want to happen; we lose our job, our partner decides that they no longer wish to be with us, or a sudden gust of wind comes upon you while flying a kite and lifts you high up into the sky without a parachute (you get the idea). Life is just plain unpredictable, and it's way more likely that things will go the way they need to go rather than going the way we think they should go.

Often, our reaction to out-of-control events is to immediately resist what is happening, tighten up with fear and create anxiety for ourselves. The mind (the voice in our head) loves to cook up one story after another about how everything should be, rather than flowing with the way things are. In this resistance to what is, we create worry and anxiety in ourselves, and block any creative response to what faces us. In this attempt to push away what we don't want, we actually strengthen it's power over us and keep it stuck in place.

There is another more sane and peaceful action that we can take when confronted with difficult circumstances however, and that is to simply ALLOW everything to be as it is. After all, whatever is happening is happening, so what could be more insane than to oppose what is appearing in our lives right now? In this allowing, we move completely into alignment with what is, accept it, and then open ourselves to whatever action we need to take (which could be to do nothing at all for the time being). In this acceptance and allowing, we relax and calm down enough to see clearly the path that we need to take or not take.

When we really look honestly, in every moment we are either allowing everything to be as it is, which means we are in-harmony with life, or we are in a state of resistance, which means we are experiencing some form of fear or suffering. A wonderful practice we can do is to actually notice what our inner-feeling is at each moment, and when we notice we are resisting what is happening, to gently take a refreshing breath, and allow that resistance to bring us back to a state of allowing and flowing with what is. When we do this, the most creative way forward soon presents itself, in the easiest way possible. You will also find that your life becomes much more fun in the process, even when you find yourself whisked away by a sudden wind that lifts you high into the clouds.

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