TRUST LIFE'S FLOW

May 11, 2017

This week practice the art of nonattachment; notice what you are attached to, note what you cannot live without. Close your eyes and in your mind’s eye let it drift away one nourishing breath at a time.
 
Our breath is a great reminder of the transient nature of our lives. As we pull a breath deeply into our body it supports us effortlessly. Our ribs expand, our spine gently straightens and any stress on our nervous system quickly diminishes. There is very little we have to do to make this happen about 20,000 times per day. It is not possible to get attached to a breath that would be ridiculous. We can’t hold them, save them up or even control them. We let each breath go confidently knowing another is right behind it waiting to fill our lungs and nourish our body again. In this simple anatomical truth we can begin to explore the notion that things outside of ourselves are just as transient and forever changing.
 
We are deeply nourished by so many things that naturally flow into and out of our lives like one fine breath at a time.  Relationships, homes, occupations, daily routines and spiritual beliefs are examples of how life often nourishes us and makes us feel whole, complete and content. Wanting more of these good feelings we cling, we hold on, we demand from, we expect more and attach to them eventually unwilling to let go, unwilling to breathe them out. Before we know it we simply forget to trust the flow of life. Look to your breath; see the lesson in living every moment passionately, in the inhale and exhale of it. Let your breath teach you to expand minute to minute. Then be willing to confidently and faithfully let it go. Start by practicing moving through bits of life without attachments. It’s not an easy task yet well worth the effort. Trust life like you trust each breath will come and go and see how the journey unfolds.  
 
This week practice the art of nonattachment; notice what you are attached to, note what you cannot live without. Close your eyes and in your mind’s eye let it drift away one nourishing breath at a time.

Laurien Hamilton