Having a human mind means having a desire to know and control, it comes with the territory, it is part of the nature of the human mind. We like that feeling that things are ‘under control’.
This might be to a greater or lesser degree, depending on our life situation and personality. We have a tendency to live a fantasy life in our heads, rather than our actual life.
The problem with control is that we don’t really have it.
Of course we do have some degree of agency or free will in the choices we make.
> Do I get up or hit the snooze button?
>Do I go to yoga class or sit on the couch?
>Do I discipline my child or let it go?
>Do I keep a tidy and uncluttered house so as to feel more free to live my life and not be pulled down by unnecessary busyness, or is that all too hard and not a priority?
So yes, we make those sorts of choices, and maybe even some big picture choices about what country we live in (although to be fair we do not always have a huge choice) or what sort of job we want (which also becomes limited according to our education and experience).
It seems to me that we somehow co-create life. We play our little part, but there is a bigger picture, a bigger force working as well.
Perhaps we are a somewhat avoidant in being real with life. We play the safe game. The familiar.
So it is perhaps shocking to realise that the idea that somehow we ‘control’ life itself really is illusory.
(Sometimes it takes a big life event for us to see this, or maybe we tip-toe toward this recognition.)
However it is for you, if you invite a sense of ‘allowing’ rather than ‘controlling’, what then?
Maybe a sense of the scary unknown, the mystery?
Maybe that is somehow more ‘real’ than the ‘control’ that limits us and boxes us in?
Oh I know we are always trying to juggle and manage and control things, but don’t forget to leave some room for what the Universe wants too.
How would it feel if you loosened the reins of control a little? How would it feel to be a bit more open to the mystery and realness of life?
Consider this your invitation to let life find you!
PS: We don’t usually look at our minds in this way do we? We know we have one, but we don’t realise the full extent of how we can use it as a tool rather than being ruled by it. We rarely recognise that our sense of self, or ‘me’ is a mind-generated collection of ideas that has no actual reality. What fun it is to explore these things and to recognise that we can use the mind as a wonderful tool and not be ruled or limited by it!
Fluff free freedom is an online course that helps you to find the state of inner freedom that comes from truly recognizing your mind for what it can and can’t do. It takes you from stressed to calm, from uncertainty to clarity, to being present and mindful and to really getting clear on living your best life. Check it out here.
You can purchase your own set of these ‘Yoga off the mat, contemplations to enrich your practice’ cards from the store HERE.
The gorgeous original picture on the front of each card is by Gayle Stone Art.