Many Small Stones: the Morning Walk
The sunrise turns the trees black.
1. Truth: We are already free. We can cultivate this sense of freedom, right where we are: we don’t have to change, don’t have to earn it, don’t have to seek it out, don’t have to wait–we are already free. We are awake and aware, as we are.
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
— Anne Lamott
2. Truth: Freedom happens when we let go. When we grasp or hold on, insist, push, and force, we aren’t free. Instead we are in a river with stones in our pockets, weighted down and at risk of drowning. When we refuse to accept reality as it is, in this very moment, when we reject or deny or even hope, we are not free. Letting go means freedom.
“In the end
these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?”
— Siddhārtha Gautama
3. Truth: Every moment is an opportunity for freedom. The gift of each breath, each minute, is a new start, the chance to begin again. Each moment gives us a fresh start, another try. We don’t have to hang on or resist anything, we can let go and experience reality, freedom, in this very moment. We can drop our stories, our fixed ideas and opinions, we can adopt instead an open acceptance of the present moment. Breathe in, breathe out. Be, here, now, still and open. Aware of our basic goodness, our innate wisdom and kindness.
One wish: That we all experience freedom, if even just for a moment.