via Let Go
Eddie posts short quotes and images about living mindfully and being aware of how we each live. Let go is a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh who provides wonderful insights into how to let go and be in the present. For me, They’s most profound quote is about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Make no mistake, this challenges me. It is not only difficult to live fully in the moment, it is impossible. Being aware of this paradox of letting go and being in the present moment is part of mindfulness.
I tell hockey players, students, and anyone who will listen for that matter to figure out what we each control and don’t in our lives. This is important in daily life and essential in times like this when we are faced with even more uncertainty.
I try to stick to a routine, getting up at the same time, making breakfast (now for Kathy who is working at home), going for a walk, checking email, writing, reading, etc. I spend a little time watching local news to make sure I have a sense of what is going on close to me.
For the most part, social distancing has not been difficult. I am a profound introvert who loves the ritual of routine. I still wave to people, smile at them on my walks, and pause to chat. On the other hand, this has been difficult for those who thrive on engaging socially. Maybe, as it is for me, this is a time to reflect on what has happened in my life and let go of things to live more fully in the present.
What am I grateful for? It may sound odd, but making breakfast and lunch for Kathy is something to be grateful for. What are you grateful for that might have emerged in these difficult times with rapid change? What have you let go of?
I leave you with a prayer by Thomas Merton called A Prayer of Unknowing. It has echoes of the 23rd Psalm. I have not researched it, but I suspect all cultures and religions have a similar prayer to help guide each of us through uncertain, sometimes dark moments.
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen
Here is a video from Michael Franti called Good to Be Alive Today. How do we put our spin on feeling good about being alive today? How do we each reach out to others?
…AND LET GOD ? Somehow, I think you beat me to it! 😀
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
WISDOM—-AND BEING THANKFUL
I enjoyed the Michael Franti song and was amazed to discover that this video was made four years ago. It seems so appropriate for today.
It does. The neat thing about his music is the upbeat nature. In that sense, it might fit long after it is first written. I also love the way he blends various genres. He reminds me of the blues singer Taj Mahal that way, not in style but the mixing of genres.
Enjoy your together time. There’s a song that plays through my head with some regularity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyiEJaf-IzE
Stay safe, Ivon. Aloha.
We will Bela. I hear Jason Isbell on the small, community-based radio station I listen to. They play some top-40 stuff, but it is usually 30-40 years after it was in top-40. I am listening as I type.
Oh, cool! Since I left radio interviewing in Maine, I haven’t found another station like that one. They played the greatest selection of music. Always discovering through them. In Hawaii, it’s pretty limited. So when we finally get moved to NM, it will be great to avail ourselves of that again – folk musicians, concerts, etc. Looking forward to it.
Surprised you have heard Isbel, it was random for me on Spotify. But when I looked him up, he’s got a deep professional fan base. Who knew?
Aloha, Ivon. Take care.
You can listen to the radio station on the Internet. It is called CKUA.
Great song with “profound lyrics.” A true folkie.
I am and he is. But isn’t it … a song? Makes me tear up every time I hear it. Glad you liked it.
He is a beautiful singer and writes such great words.
At times a brilliant lyricist. And yes, great voice!
What a meaningful and beautiful post, that I wholly relate to. Thank you, Ivon.
Thank you Cynthia. Take care and stay well.