“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Herman Hesse
By the time May rolls around I’m more than ready to let go of cold and wet. Warm sun, fresh blooms, longer days… the hints of summer – they feel good! In recent years though I’ve been aware of a less welcome feeling also creeping in – pressure. Pressure that it will soon be time to max out every drop of summer there is to be had. The energy of summers in the Pacific Northwest can sometimes feel like a fine line between savoring and clinging.
What does it take to go all in, while still holding lightly? Whether relating to a season, relationship, dinner party… or any number of life happenings that give rise to expectations? The saying, come what may, is one I’ve started to actively explore this May. It refers to what happens, regardless. In the midst of impermanence, what is? Can I face how little control I have and be okay? Thrive even?
Here are a few resources that can support being with what may.
- The Four Essential Points of Letting Go in the Bardo – a Lion’s Roar article exploring the Tibetan concept of bardo – those moments in life when our sense of certainty is interrupted.
- June 7th / Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation
- August 2nd – 4th / Summer Coastal Retreat
- Meditation Mondays