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  • We were asked to let a question come to us.

    It was at the beginning of our week of eco-therapy in the heart of France. We were asked to go out alone into nature, and to let a question arrive. Something that related to our lives at the moment. Something important.

    I left my friends and drifted, as I often do, towards the edges. The question came to me quickly, before I'd even found my spot - a hidey-hole under a bush. 'Can I let go?' I sat under the bush, with my question.

    Our questions accompanied us for a few days. We were asked to live with them, like a koan. And then a few days later, we were asked to go alone into the woods or the fields and to let the landscape speak to us, to give us an answer.

    Again, I wandered away from my friends, and was drawn to a Hawthorne tree. One sprig held a perfect cluster of berries. A few at the tip were completely ripe - a deep red, delicious. Underneath, some of the berries were still green, tinged with a pink blush.

    It occurred to me that the berries couldn't control when they ripened. They could do what they could - absorb the water from below and the sun from above - but the berries would ripen in their own sweet time.

    I had my answer. Trust. Let go. There are things I can do, and I should do these things, but so much of my life is beyond my control. My berries will also ripen in their own time. I just need to have faith. Trust. Let go.Things you might be curious about:

    Where in your life do you struggle to control things that aren't in your control? Can you see what you're clinging to? What would happen if you were able to let go?

    Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.
    ~Stanislaw Lem

    If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.
    ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh


    Rowan berries by Iguanasan via Creative Commons
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