Two months ago, I asked a Buddhist nun, why she shaved her head. She said it helps us to let go of attachment.
For last two months, I have thought about this practice. It was not easy to make this decision to shave my head. Although, I knew it would be a great learning experience toward the practice of letting go of attachment.
Having an attachment to your life creates unnecessary suffering.
We have an attachment to the food we eat, the love we share, the gifts we give, the conversations we have with others, the day we wake up to, the children we raise and the kind of car we drive. We have an attachment to whether we live or die, the sun shines, the wind blows, our child gets a part in the school play, how our hair looks and who’s on first and what’s on second.
You can set an intention and you can have a dream. The key is not to be attached.
Life often shows up differently than we envisioned or planned. A practice of letting go of our grip on the reins of our life, and let life unfold as it will, enables us to live without limiting the love we have to share
This week, I had the wonderful opportunity to witness the circle of life. I was invited by a volunteer for the Turtle Patrol Coastal Wildlife Club to watch a mother give birth to a clutch of 75 -150 eggs. Manasota Key is a nesting ground for the Loggerhead Sea turtles.
From eggs, to hatchlings, to adults their lives are in danger of becoming extinct. The club helps to preserve their existence by making the public aware of their nesting sites.
By having this opportunity to witness such a miracle I was reminded just how precious life is.
My grandmother passed away this week. Our family was planning a birthday party in November to celebrate her 100th birthday. Upon her passing she gave me a gift. My daughter called me for the first time in 8 years, and we had a long and meaningful conversation.
Whether we live a moment, a week, a month, or 100 years; our life is always in danger of becoming extinct.
Take time to love and honor the miracle of your life, you are not guaranteed how long your circle will last.
“It’s the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through love and faith”
We often focus on those times in our lives we think are hard or we obsess over how things should have come out or we berate ourselves over why we think our lives stink.
If you only focus on how shitty your life is, you will never see past the log in your eye.
We make life more of a struggle than is necessary.
Sometimes you just need to purge the inner council.
Have you ever noticed that when you let go of the resistance, things come out smoothly?
You can pratice this mantra before your morning constitution:
I freely let go of what no longer serves me to create space for what inspires me.