As we move deeper into Autumn, I am finding a quieter place within even as the jobs continue to pile up. I recently attending a VCE evening (my son Zach has commenced year 11) discussing study skills. “The children”, said one of teachers, “can become overwhelmed with the enormity of the year, with homework and exams and the pressure of being expected to know their chosen path in life at the age of 17”. The advice given was for the children to focus on one day at a time; consider what needs to be done today, what can I realistically achieve today, just today. Essentially, this is a practice in mindfulness and presence, of being in the moment, the only point in time we can really have any influence over. What this means then is to Let Go of the future, the unknown, that which we cannot control. There is nothing new here, however reminders are often timely and helpful.
As we see the leaves around us change and fall, this reminder of Letting Go is ever present. Please enjoy this wonderful poem by Danna Faulds.
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 grace that washes through your days whether you received 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 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.