“Sauca asks, “What do we need with more?” It invites us to be just here, to look just here, to see the beauty all around us. It tells us to be the beauty we see all around, to choose the beauty and the love it reflects. To breath that beauty in, then breath that beauty out. To let your life be nothing but that. To stand strong and at peace with the earth beneath our feet, breathing life in, breathing life out, and letting go of everything else.”
This lovely perspective on sauca, one of The Five Observances on The Eight-Limb Path to Yoga, is from Rolf Gates’ Meditations on Intention and Being, Day 111, The Earth Beneath Our Feet. Several ideas touched me as I read the passage. I’ve been catching my ‘wanting mind’ in action so the idea of life as it is being enough is a gift. I’ve been cultivating an eye for beauty and goodness in the world so seeing and being the beauty resonates with me. And, finally, I’ve been building a short meditation into my evenings so the feeling of breathing in and breathing out and letting go of everything else feels like an invitation.
One day an invitation comes:
set your burden down.
For just this moment
loosen your grip.
Feel the tension melt away.
As the weight is released,
rest in the available space.
Experience the freedom
that begins to open before you.
Do you ever have days where a tension you’ve been experiencing suddenly loosens, or where something that was bothering you just isn’t on your radar anymore? At times I’ll notice the change without having a clear sense of the point when the shift actually happened.
Sometimes, though, something just keeps holding on, and eventually I tire of carrying the fear or worry around. In those cases, I actively engage in shifting my energy to get closer to where I would like to be. This poem is the advice that came to me one day when I was ready to let go.
* I took this photo at sunset in Locarno, Switzerland on Lake Maggiore.
Let go of the ways you thought life
would unfold; the holding of plans
or dreams or expectations- let it
all go. Save your strength to swim
with the tide. The choice to fight
what is here before you now will
only result in struggle, fear and
desperate attempts to flee from the
very energy you long for. Let go.
Let it all go and flow with the grace
that washes through your days whether
you received it gently or with all your
quills raised to defend against invaders.
Take this on faith: the mind may never
find the explanations that it seeks , but
you will move forward nonetheless.
Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry
you to unknown shores, beyond your
wildest dreams or destinations. Let it
all go and find the place of rest and
peace, and certain transformation.
A friend recently shared this poem with me. I loved the invitation to let go, to rest and allow transformation. I enjoy Danna Faulds poetry and was delighted to find a poem that I had not seen before. What a beautiful gift.
* I took this photo at sunset from Llucalcari, Mallorca, Spain.