Have you ever decided to experience a day without having a set agenda? I know that this seems counterintuitive to our success. I mean we do have schedules, appointments we want to keep; school assignments our children must complete, our work duties and our children to get to their sports and other activities.
What I believe our way shower Jesus meant in Matthew 6:25 when he said “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing…” is that in the midst of engaging in these activities, fulfilling these timelines, we are to be Present to the moment in which they are accomplished.
This morning, I went to put on one of my favorite necklaces that David bought for me years past for our anniversary. It is a various colored pearl necklace. One of my favorite pieces. I’ve always been careful to not get it tangled up with other jewelry, especially when I travel. When I took it out of its box this morning, I discovered that it had gotten tangled up in itself. I sat with this necklace, and with a needle in my hand, I carefully, methodically tried to untangle it, repeating, “Let go, relax, release.” I actually accomplished untangling it but not without a piece of it breaking.
Even though the outcome was not what I had desired, sitting there, repeating this mantra, made me feel so clear and open, I was able to accept the fact that it broke and that I have a choice to take it to the jewelers to see about having it restrung.
How we are like this necklace. We get all tangled up within our own thoughts.
Mostly, the thoughts that really tangle us up come from the inner critic, the commentary that is based on learned assumptions. We think we should be doing something else, anything else; others should be behaving a certain way. In other words, life better behave the way we say it should be. Well, good luck with that. Life is and we add the commentary, we give it the meaning.
So the next time you engage in life’s activities, be engaged in it and take no thought about it. This is the way of the heart. The way of Love, and it takes being compassionate with ourselves constantly.
“Take no thought” is a skill in the Art of Mindful Living.