Or be dragged."
It is said that when Siddartha Guatama (also known as The Buddha), walked the earth, he was constantly directing his monks to 'let go'. In the same way, Lao Tzu, the Grandfather of Taoism wrote in the Tao Te Ching, "In letting go, it all gets done." This is very timely advice for all of us as we move through the uncertainty and turmoil that is going on in the world, and in our own lives right now. Many of us have gone through incredible upheaval and might be feeling a deep grief or sadness with all that has been lost. Yet no matter how hard we might try to 'hold on' to what has been, and the structures that are passing away, there is a growing sense among many people, that everything has irrevocably changed. The work that we did, our relationships and even our health are no longer a given, and we wonder what will happen next.
As we try (in vain) to hold onto what is passing, or resist what is unfolding right now, we can become exhausted fighting against the direction that life is flowing. We continue to try and convince ourselves that we really do have control over what will happen next, and what's more, we have control over the direction we want our lives to go in. Most of you reading this are aware however, that we are living through circumstances that are absolutely beyond our control. If we are honest, we simply have no idea what is going to happen next, and this uncertainty can give rise to a great sense of anxiety and fear, which only furthers the sense of dread and despair we might be feeling.
It is in exactly times like these that the greatest opportunity for spiritual freedom presents itself, for we realize - after all of our other strategies have failed - that the only thing we CAN do to be at peace, is to let go...
Let go of our resistance to what is unfolding, and instead flow in the direction that Life is moving us.
Let go of the 'monkey mind' and its crazed attempts to control reality, and instead, relax and go with the Flow.
Let go of our anxiety and fear about what 'might happen'; and instead trust the Tao, knowing that it is carrying us to exactly where we need to be (Here and Now).
Let go of our cherished ideas and concepts about what 'should' be happening, and instead embrace what is actually unfolding in the Present Moment.
In this 'letting go', we find the peace and joy of living a life that is free of the burden of trying to control what can't be controlled. We also find the effortless ease of the present moment, which is always unfolding exactly as it should, whether we 'like' it or not. In this way, we open ourselves to the Divine Intelligence (the Tao), that is unfolding our lives perfectly in each moment. We begin to see that the only choice we really have then, is to hold on or to let go. One path will lead to peace and tranquility, and the other will lead to increasing unhappiness. What do you choose?