“How can I be still? By flowing with the stream.”
“To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.”
Whatever your preferences, needs, desires, or expectations, life unfolds with such grace. Have you noticed?
We have an amazing word to describe it—serendipity, being pleasantly surprised by events that occur, seemingly by chance. They just happen.
I’ve been the recipient of serendipity myself recently. I’d been traveling the past few weeks and had to change my plans at the last minute due to a long flight delay. Instead of having to wake up at 4:00 am, I could now sleep until 7:00—except that I bolted awake at 5:00, realizing I had mistakenly made a train reservation from London to Paris instead of Paris to London.
I figured I was out the money for the wrong train ticket until a lovely agent arranged for my refund—without laughing at me for my mistake.
Could I have planned any of that or made it happen? I could have been more diligent about checking the reservation before clicking “reserve,” but by the time I realized it, the cards had been dealt. What’s the use of criticizing my actions when they were already done? As for the rest of it…serendipity!
My point is not that we shouldn’t be responsible for our actions, check our reservations before we confirm them, or learn from our mistakes. But if we don’t spend our time crying over milk that’s already spilled (what’s your version of that?), we’re available to consciously experience the effortless unfolding of life.
It’s happening anyway. Why miss it?
The Way Things Are
This post is not about doing—it’s about noticing. We notice what is, as it is, in its absolutely exquisite perfection. And we surrender our personal need to control things.
Because not one of us could even come close to creating the marvelous array of forms and occurrences of all kinds that we call life.
As I write this, I’m on the (correct) train from Paris to London. How did this come to be—this complex set of machinery traveling at 180 miles per hour? How did it happen that the farmland I see out the window so abundantly produces just what we need? How could my “mistake” be rewarded so generously?
And what about all this beauty, this tenderness? It’s so palpable everywhere!
I know there are answers to some of these questions. But even when we know the answers, there remains the ineffable, the essence of life that just is. It can never be known by our minds, never adequately explained with thoughts or words.
It’s so here—in every breath, in everything you see, hear, and feel—the light behind all of it.
And when everything in form falls away, we realize this is who we are. Simply life itself with no separate person here making any effort to do anything. Just pure being.
Notice the Unfolding
When we resist life, we miss it. We’re caught in the should be’s and might have been’s that are filled with anxiety and sorrow. And at the same time, here is life, perfect as it is, effortlessly unfolding.
Just for a moment, can you put aside the fight with what is and just notice? It’s okay, you can let go of the self-berating and story-telling. It will still be there if you want it.
Instead, open your mind and heart, and simply notice.
- What is here? (Pause…feel…experience…)
- What do you know to be true?
- Without judgment, where is beauty?
- Without history, where is tenderness?
- For a moment, consider that you may not be separate from any of it.
Being one with life…effortlessly unfolding…
What About You?
What do you notice when you allow life as it is? What gets in the way of noticing? I’d love to hear… And if you’re reading by email, please click here to share in the comments.
A few announcements: I was interviewed about relationships by Bill Weil at LovePong.com. You can listen to it by clicking here. And I’ve gotten some great feedback on this interview at InspireMeToday.com. Finally, Jenny Li Ciccone interviewed me for her free series on A Journey to Joyfulness. You can sign up here any time and watch 21 wonderful interviews, mine is on Day 8.