More on letting go in autumn

There are so many things that hold us back from our dreams

Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice.

By freedom I mean freedom from afflictions, from anger, and from despair.

Thich Nhat Hanh,  Be Free Where You Are

Settle

Just listen to whatever surrounds you. Sound is a good object of meditation because we generally do not try to control it as much as we do other things. People often have a more difficult time settling into their bodies than they do paying attention to the sounds that appear naturally. Just listen and try to let whatever sounds are around you pass through you.

The fundamental purpose of meditation is not to create a comfortable hiding place for oneself; it is to acquaint the mind, one a moment-to-moment basis, with impermanence….When the mind is settled, the underlying ephemeral nature of things can be more clearly perceived. Resistance diminishes, the flight to past and future recedes, and the sense that it might be possible to respond consciously rather than react blindly to events begins to emerge.

Mark Epstein,  Advice not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself

Thoughts about

 

Finally calm again after some days of wind and rain..

Life does not consist mainly – or even largely – of facts and happenings.

It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one’s head.

Mark Twain, Autobiography

Where we are

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. I can be received gladly or grudgingly, in big gulps or in tiny tastes, like a deer at the salt

Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies, Some Thoughts on Faith