freedom

chives

Freedom

Discomfort arises
and a wound opens.

The habit:
hold the disturbance tightly,
bury it deep inside
where it seems to disappear.

The invitation:
simply watch the distress,
with curiosity and care,
allowing the disquieting energy
to move through.

Freedom waits
on the other side
of pain released.

 

This poem was inspired by reading the untethered soul: the journey beyond yourself by Michael A. Singer. Many of the concepts in the book align with leadership concepts I’ve been living into since going through Radical Leadership almost 15 years ago. I sense  truth in what I am reading.

I am reminded that I am not my thoughts; I am the one who sees the flow of thoughts. Those thoughts are simply energy. I do not have to engage with the thoughts. I can simply let their energy move through me.

Of course, it takes practice to learn to let go of thoughts as they come. I’ve built a lifetime of habitual thoughts and there’s a part of me that gets caught up in drama – sometimes my thoughts are running me instead of the other way around. The delicious part of experimenting with letting thoughts move through is starting to notice the thoughts and energy arising.

 

* This selected this photo of chives blooming in my backyard because there is something open and free about their wild and delicate nature.