We continue our practice with Step 5: Soften, Open, Release. While this step offers a response to Step 4, it also offers the opportunity let go and be still. Release thought, release expectation, release anything that is not necessary at this moment. Release into presence.
Step 4 completes with this meditation and a bit of pondering… can we receive in the full presence and linger there? In other words, can you create the space for an experience, receive it and stay with it as it unfolds simply allowing and allowing and allowing. It can be challenging.
Everything eventually elicits a response; after all, we exhale in response to an inhale, but paying close attention to our built in capacity to soften, to open, and to receive can be a wonderful training. Spend some extra time taking it all in today… with a smile. You may be delighted by all that appears.
A new season is here… we’re smiling and taking in the sun which seems brighter every day. There is so much to notice with the flow from winter to spring. Every inch of nature is softening and opening, getting ready to spring to life after many months of stillness.
Nature offers so many fine opportunities to foster awareness. We bring nature into our meditation today… softening, opening, and receiving. Happy meditating.
Step 4 of the Entry Level practice brings awareness to three powerful choices: softening, opening, and receiving. We begin with the breath. Though we receive oxygen on every inhale… all day and all night, consciously or unconsciously, becoming intimate with this occurrence creates powerful shifts toward being fully present in the moment.
“We soften so as to open, we open so as to receive.” So simple, yet so revealing. Happy meditating.