Note: If you missed the first two weeks of my meditation experience, scroll through the home page to review.
In Day 18 of the Meditation Experience, the Centering Thought is focused on always being in the flow. In the type of fast-paced society we live in, where “now” is everything, it’s hard to let go and just “be”. We’re programmed to please others, to succeed at things in life, to live in fear of judgment, and to control the world around us so that we feel just a bit safer/confident. Living in that fear prevents us from being truly successful at anything we want to do. While some use fear to drive them forward as a sort of motivation, it “destroys” many others’ paths to growth. It’s why you will hear certain people say “let it go”.
Like the majority of the population today, I had a super hard time with “letting go” for a long time. Letting go meant doing something risky that I wasn’t willing to take the risk on (even though I’ve taken a lot of risks in my life). It usually meant trying to hold onto the instant gratification (usually peace) of something in the short term, versus what was better in the long term (permanent peace). Like Deepak said, when we don’t trust, control takes over.
Over the last six months or so, it’s something I’ve been really trying to work on. Through almost all of my previous posts during this experience, the pattern developing has really centered around control and how to let go of it, to embrace every aspect of the success process: Letting go during the creative process, letting go and taking risks, letting go and embracing meditation, letting go to let others fail, etc. It certainly has restored a level of inner peace and balance I’ve not quite found before because I’m no longer worried about anything other than myself.
So how does one get there? First, I’m not saying to drop everything and let the universe handle it. There are certain decisions in life that require brain power and control. For example, if you want to lose weight, the universe isn’t going to do it for you. Usually you have to exert some control over what you are eating and how much you are exercising 🙂 Think about your decisions that were harder to make in life – the ones that put you at a crossroad for days, not seconds. When you have one, think about every possible combination of problem solving you tried, to help make that decision. If every method you have tried has failed to produce a decision, it’s when you know it’s time to let it go, to stop thinking about it (which is super hard), and watch as the answer comes to you (in sometimes the most unusual of ways).
Taking a step back and letting the universe step in not only removes the fear, doubt, uncertainty, and stress; it also allows for more expansive thinking, learning opportunities, and self improvement. It allows us to focus only on our being, reducing our worry of others, as well as boosting our confidence. It allows us to achieve the level of success in our lives we set out for ourselves.
At risk of sounding like a Disney Soundtrack (sorry to those I put that song BACK in your heads), I’ll leave everyone with this. Take a deep breath, let go, and let the universe be the boss 🙂