Monday Musings Twenty-eight: As Easy As 1-2-3

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As easy as 1—2—3

Each morning, we are born again. We can’t start the next chapter in our lives if we keep re-reading the last one. What matters most is what we do today. For certain, worrying about what has been or what is to come will not take away tomorrow’s cares, only today’s peace and contentment. Right now is the time to write the next line in your story.

The only things that bind us are our thoughts and beliefs. The only thing that prevents us is our fear. The only thing that liberates us is our ability to let go and move on.

We all have a past. Don’t spend so much time and energy clinging to it or regretting it that you steal away your present and future. Let right now be the moment you learn the power of letting go and freeing yourself.

Of course, relinquishing our fears, judgements, beliefs, and ways of being isn’t so easy. Often, it can feel insurmountable. Sometimes, we become so full, so busy, and so harried that we have no clue of where to begin. So much so, that we don’t even see half of it, let alone have a chance of getting a handle on it.

So, what to do?

Happily, it’s as easy as 1—2—3.Zen Stones for Monday Musings

  1. Pause for a few seconds.
  2. Observe the flow of your breathing.
  3. Become aware of the silence within you.

Once you can do this, you will also begin to notice your still small voice that is both counsellor and ally. You will become aware of a powerful sense of presence; of something much greater and deeper than your small self with all its worries and clinging and rejecting and judging.

A Zen proverb tells us: Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day. Remember: Nothing remains forever except change itself. So, what is the point in trying to keep hold and putting on the brakes? That way lies suffering.

All it takes is learning to simply breathe and notice. Catch your thoughts. See when you cling or resist or avoid. Don’t judge any of it. With gentleness and compassion, put it down. Lay it to rest with forgiveness and empathy.

In the wise words of Zen:


‘Breathe in. Breathe out. Move on.’

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