Go with the flow

Go with the flow, let go

Life is a roller coaster with its highs and lows, its ups and downs that sometimes propels us to dizzy heights and then pushes us into a precipitous fall.
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Why don’t we let go? Indeed, it is a question that each of us must ask ourselves: why don’t we let go? The answer could lie in the attachment; or insecurity; or fear; or simply, the desire to control everything ourselves, even if it is having disastrous consequences!

Life is a roller coaster with its highs and lows, its ups and downs that sometimes propels us to dizzy heights and then pushes us into a precipitous fall. When the going is good, when we are on a ‘high’ as people call it, we enjoy the ride. When things begin to go wrong, we are apt to lose our balance. Failure and loss, disappointment and disruption of normalcy create negative emotions which soon express themselves in a mood of depression, gloom, despair and frustration.

Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani would often say to us that our so-called disappointments are His appointments, and that He upsets our plans only to set up His own—which are bound to be, in the long run, much better for us.

An effective way of dealing with despair and frustration is to go to the root of the matter, analyse and understand our own feelings and then to ‘let go’ of whatever is causing the destructive, negative emotion.

Even if circumstances appear formidable and totally out of our control, it is important to remember that we can always choose to respond and react to the most adverse conditions in a positive and constructive way. In other words, our attitude is, and always should be, within our control. When we learn to cultivate such an attitude, we will find it far easier to face the challenges that life throws at us; above all, we become ready and willing to allow Divine guidance to lead us on the right path.

Lao Tse, the great Chinese philosopher, once said, “Practise not doing and everything will fall into place”. This does not literally mean ‘do absolutely nothing, but rather that we should ‘go with the flow’ by accepting life as it comes, and living in the present moment, without constantly agonising about the past or worrying about the future. Lao Tse adds, “By strengthening your defense under adverse conditions, you will create an effective offense.” And he writes, significantly, “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

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