Finding moments of peace and clarity can be challenging. However, there is a simple yet profound practice that can lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. It is the practice of relaxing into awareness, letting go of our stories and focusing on the present moment.
To relax a story means to release our focus from it, to surrender our attachment and identification with it. For just two to five seconds, we consciously choose not to define or analyze anything. We allow ourselves to be as we are, without judgment or expectation. In this state of non-focusing, the true essence of life, the aliveness itself, becomes self-evident.
Imagine standing in front of a jewelry shop, captivated by a beautiful piece displayed behind the window. The story of the jewelry, its materials, design, and price, engages your attention. But what happens when, for a few seconds, you relax your focus on the jewelry? Suddenly, you notice your own reflection in the window, realizing that you had overlooked yourself in the process. Similarly, when we relax our focus on our stories, emotions, and circumstances, the awareness of our own being becomes noticeable.
By consistently practicing this relaxation of focus, we befriend a space of being that is free from the limitations of our stories. We embrace the aliveness of every experience, regardless of its form or shape. This practice goes beyond a mere two to five seconds; it has a transformative effect on our entire being. It confirms our inherent freedom and allows us to approach life with a deep sense of trust and peace.
This practice can be done anywhere, at any time. All it requires is a willingness to let go of our preconceived notions and judgments. In the midst of pain, anxiety, or any challenging experience, we can choose to relax into it without resistance or interpretation. We become innocent, like a curious baby, and allow the is-ness of the experience to shine through. This choice to relax into the present moment, exactly as it is, unveils the brilliance and perfection of life itself.
So, I invite you to try this practice for a couple of weeks and observe the magic it works in your life. Discover the simplicity of freedom and love. It only takes a few seconds to relax into awareness, and yet it can lead to a lifetime of profound transformation. Embrace the power of relaxation and let the undisturbed nature of your being guide you to a life filled with joy and well-being.