March 9, 2013

Go with the Flow

I had my whole day mapped out to the minute. It was perfect.  Morning at the gym, afternoon  of pampering, a night out with good friends... Up at 6:00am, the day was off to a totally different start than I had planned.

Life turns on a time and the day decides to go much differently, and family priorities take over.

Sometimes life is like that. No matter how carefully you mapped it out and planned it and calculated your weekend by the minute, what will end up happening will actually take over and you just have to go with the flow and let it take you there. Whatever the reason, you may not understand it now, sometimes you just have to let it be, it's not yours to understand or make sense of.

This is a Daily Meditation, from the book "The Language of Letting Go" by Melody Beattie. It's an oldie, but a goodie...{1990}.  It is one of my favorites and I feel compared to share it and I come back to it often as a reminder to do so, to 'go with the flow'... to enjoy the place of the flow and the present moment even if it's outside of the calculated planner.

Going with the flow

Go with the flow.

Let go of fear and your need to control. Relinquish anxiety. Let it slip away, as you dive into the river of the present moment, the river of your life, your place in the universe.

Stop trying to force the direction. Try not to swim against the current, unless it is necessary for your survival. If you've been clinging to a branch at the riverside, let go.

Let yourself move forward. Let yourself be moved forward.

Avoid the rapids when possible. If you can't, stay relaxed. Staying relaxed can take your safely through fierce currents. If you go under for a moment, allow yourself to surface naturally. You will.

Appreciate the beauty of the scenery, as it is. See things with freshness, with newness. You shall never pass by today's scenery again!

Don't think too hard about things. The flow is meant to be experienced. Within it, care for yourself. You are part of the flow, an important part. Work with the flow. Work within the flow. Thrashing about isn't necessary. Let the flow help you care for yourself. Let it help you set boundaries, make decisions, and get you where you need to be when it is time. You can trust the flow, and your part in it.

Today, I will go with the flow.

Waves, here.