"Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold, the holding of plans or dreams or expectations. Let it all go." ~ Danna Faulds
On this solstice day, I'm reflecting on how to let go of expectations and beliefs about how I should be or how life should be. This helps make room, in both big and subtle ways, for the magic in the present moment so I can love what is actually here with my whole heart.
I was hiking this past weekend on a new trail and watching my mind as it flowed through several stages. first, I noticed excitement for the adventure of a exploring a new territory and anticipation for what the summit would look like. then, I started to worry as I tired and my boots grew more and more uncomfortable. Thoughts like, am I going to make it to the top? Is it supposed to be this hard? stirred in my mind. I wanted to feel inspired not tired. I wanted the moment to be different than what is actually was.
I decided to let go of these expectations and surrender to the experience I was actually having. Yes, maybe it is supposed to be hard sometimes. Yes, I might choose to turn around if it feels like the best option for my body. Perhaps letting go doesn't always look passive. Once I accepted the experience, I was no longer wasting energy fighting the experience. With the extra energy, I was able to see the next wise step and the hiking experience felt richer and more fulfilling. Aligning with life takes practice and patience. Keep coming back to it.