The Paradox

By Isabel Galiardo

Let go and be present. When I listen to these words it sounds as if they are asking that I do two opposite things simultaneously. How can I stay focused and aware and yet not hold onto anything?

The key to this paradox is to distinguish what stays and what has to leave. The witness in us remains.The pervading presence of our being stays. Our ego, the sum of our old habits, preconceptions and repetitive thoughts is the part of us we choose to let go of.

If we want to stay alive, not just physically but spiritually, we have to let go of our old stories and surrender to the now.

Every breath is a new one, every encounter brings something different, every step of the way is new.

As the zen proverb says:

”When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”

So simple…

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