By Cheryl Wilfong, Guest Teacher
Could I surrender to Life?
Just go where Life is taking me anyway, whether or not I want it, whether or not I want to go there. Could I stop acting as if I know better than Life how to live it? Could I stop trying to control Life?
I have spent years of my life kicking and screaming against the way things are. I want circumstances to be different! Oh, how I want something different from what I'm getting. That's not fair. That's not right. It's not supposed to be like this. I want what other people have. I want to be normal.
But you know what? Life has actually been pretty good to me, even when I was pulling my oars in a different direction, with all my might, away from where my life stream was taking me. I could never have foreseen the good things that lay downstream in front of me, around the bend in the river. I thought I was in charge of the map.
Ha! So shortsighted.
Cheryl Wilfong's latest book is Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness: Surrendering to Life.
Join her for Sick Body, Healthy Mind, a full-day retreat on Saturday, March 21.
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