Step #5, Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 3 We live in a material word. We hold things. In the summertime, we hold sunglasses & beach towels. In autumn we hold caramel apples. In the wintertime, we hold snowballs. In the springtime, we hold wildflower bouquets. And then the sun goes down, our sunglasses come off and beach towels get hung to dry. Caramel apples get eaten. Snowballs get thrown. Bouquets go in vases. In other words, we move on from these things and all’s well.
We also hold onto things. Certainly, clinging exists. We relentlessly protect our favorite threadbare t-shirt and indulgently refuse to share our chocolate cake. We dependently clutch a loved-one’s arm and we stingily hold tight to our “last dime.” If you feel into it, you can sense that it takes great effort to cling to these things. It almost feels unnatural (it is).
Once again, the breath can show us the way. In the same way we softened, opened, and received the breath; we soften, open, and release it. This is natural flow. It takes tremendous effort and force to cling to an inhale. And… it just feels so good to let go. That goes for letting go of your favorite t-shirt, too. Trust me, you’ll soon have a new favorite.
Meditation Podcast: Soften, Open, Release – Day 3