An excerpt from my book titled Your Simple Path.
The pace and turmoil associated with modern life sweeps us along and lays down markers to how we are measuring up against everyone else. A constant review of perceived achievement or under achievement. All day, every day. It exhausts us. How can we ever be at peace if our whole life is a competitive race against time and everyone else?
The pressure to conform, to be right, to be happy, to please everyone, to pay the mortgage, to look good, to be popular, for our kids to do better than we ever have, so they can be “happy.”
All the above come at a cost. It’s called attachment. We have gotten ourselves in to a cycle that suggests that our happiness and inner peace are dependent upon things outside of our control.
We become our job title, the car we drive, how we look, even the illness that killed our father or grandmother.
Every generation comes along and seems ever more reliant on outside influence, looking for other things to make them happy. Material wealth, electronic wizardry, faster, smaller, better, going further. But the irony is that these things take you away from what will truly deliver happiness.
Could you possibly detach yourself from things that others get anxious and worried about?
Release yourself from limiting beliefs that the only outcome can be the one that you want right now?
Can you begin to develop a gentle understanding that the less you attempt to control or manipulate a situation the more you allow a natural order to ease in to your life?
Compare your approach to a flowing stream. As the water rolls down it creates a path. If there is a natural obstacle then it gently works its way around it and continues it’s journey. The energy within the water is always the same. But just like the tree that sheds its leaves, it knows that everything is perfect. Sometimes its slow, other times it quickens, but perfect all the same. There is always a way through, and so it arrives clean and pure.
Now imagine a different stream, this time the water is desperate to reach the same desired destination. It stops, attempts to go back, becomes stagnant, smashes against anything in it’s way, breaks it’s banks and dissipates. The destination for both streams is exactly the same, which route do you take?
Whilst there is a passive element to this approach this in no way means that we relinquish our desire to reach a goal, or an end result.
A musician can write or learn a piece but understands that the performance becomes magical when they are able to let go and lose themselves within the music. I’ve heard it said that it’s the space between the notes that makes the difference.
In writing this book, I approach each chapter with an outline, an intent, but have truly come to understand that when I relax, the right words appear on the page at just the right time.
The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese masterpiece that offers us a timeless guide to life.
The author Lao Tzu tells us: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”