Refuge. It is our sanctuary—our sacred space.
A refuge is a safe place. Wise are we when we find refuge that can be entered into at any time—that is available here and now.
When we learn to let go into this refuge we discover a place in which we can breathe freely and allow our creativity to flow.
Here we can relax and experience life’s beauty and mystery simply by being with what is right here within and around us this moment.
Let go. Let go. Just let this moment be enough.
Notice if you are trying to reach for something that seems missing.
Become aware when you try to “be someone,” or get somewhere other than where you are.
Or are you attempting to get as much crammed in before time runs out?
Have you seen that clock where all the numbers run down and pool together at the bottom? This is a helpful image, since it is very tempting to live by time and even imagine that we know what it is.
Our perception of time so easily enslaves us.
Letting go of anything but the present is a refuge. The time is NOW—and it always will be. When tomorrow comes, it will be NOW.
Letting go of our rushed attitudes and what we are clinging to helps release the tightness within us so that we can actually see what needs to be done by us.
Our eyes lose their narrow restricted focus, and soften, allowing us to see more clearly.
It is only human to grasp onto whatever we think will save us. Letting go of the places we have gripped is truly necessary for health, physical, as well as mental. For nothing we can think or do brings true, enduring security.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous runneth into it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
But what is the name of the Lord?
To me the word Lord stands for that which is highest and most essential. This Holy Name stands within, above and beyond anything we can dream up or imagine.
This Holy Name is our name. It is our Absolute Goodness, our pure radiant mind.
We must ask ourselves if we are willing to let go and drop into this invisible, intangible but the most Real Presence—our Spiritual Essence. This is our real home, our kingdom.
As Jesus has said, “The kingdom is within and among you.” Luke 17:21
Spiritual Essence is everywhere and we can let go into this Presence whenever we desire. Like right now, for instance. It’s within the breath. It’s safe.
And it is here that we will find our guidance, our intuition—our inner teacher.
Letting go and learning to trust this “inner teacher” and follow its guidance continues to be a life-long training for me.
Right now there is a financial situation in my life that tempts me to feel anxious, as a part of me seems to think it knows what should happen, and question why it isn’t taking place.
The truth is that everything is happening just the way it needs to right now.
This is the way it is for me, for now. And it will change.
So I let go, breathe out, drop my shoulders and remember that letting go is my refuge.
“May I be safe, happy, well and at ease.”
Through the practice of mindfulness I have discovered a belief I have unconsciously been holding onto. It is the belief in lack.
As I investigate this belief I see how early conditioning was passed down to me. I now feel how much suffering it causes, for I am in pain whenever the belief arises.
So when this old worry pops up I breathe deeply and remember that the energy of the universe—this one Great Loving Mind—is everywhere present and inter-connected in ways that always lead to abundance and new growth.
Sometimes I just forget to receive. Instead I try to grasp.
“May I notice the wanting mind that thinks there isn’t enough. May I let go fully into this moment.”
This is my prayer.
Everything that arises will fall away. This is the nature of reality.
And this is good, for it allows the new to come into being. That which is larger wants to be born and can only arrive when we let go—either voluntarily, or by losing something when it is torn out of our grasp.
Making peace with the great truth that nothing is permanent opens us to new possibilities—to the joy of the adventure.
Our life won’t be over as we might fear when we let go. Rather it’s just beginning.
The ending is the place of beginning.
Want to join me in taking refuge in letting go?