"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
"Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
"This is your resistance to love and freedom. The lingering darkness within you is resisting happiness."
We give lots of names to negative feelings: guilt, grief, worry, shame, anxiety, pain, sadness, depression. But they all circle back to one common theme.
When you react negatively to a situation, past, present, or future, you are resisting it. Anxiety resists a situation flowing in a way that we may not want. Grief is a resistance of loss. Shame is a resistance to self-forgiveness.
I'm not saying this is a bad thing. It's a human thing. We resist what we think won't make us happy - but in that resistance, we in fact make ourselves unhappy.
I channeled a meditation while on a walk the other day, thinking about the first quote - that like the birds, we have instincts and will be provided for. There's a natural flow to life that is trying to flow, regardless of what we think about it. It's the way of the world. It's the way of nature.
What if you tried moving with it instead of against it?
Sit comfortably or lie down on the floor with your arms in a 'T' position. Relax your face and, if needed, tense and release your muscles to receive the full effect.
Find a rhythmic breath. Breathe in for as many counts as you are breathing out. This should feel natural - not forced. You are tuning into nature's way.
Once you feel relaxed, begin to visualize yourself as a sieve. Don't get hung up on what this looks like; just begin to feel space between the atoms of your body.
Melt into your surroundings. The sounds, the feel, the smell. See yourself not as separate, but as a contributing factor to your surroundings.
Begin to witness what is flowing through you - what is attracted to you, what passes through you, what leaves you. Honor your feelings, and then watch them dissipate. You are a channel for life to move through you.
When you've finished, slowly come out of your meditation and write down what came through you. Don't judge your words. Just let your pen flow. It may surprise you, what you write down.