We’re swallowed up only when we are willing for it to happen. ~Nathalie Sarraute
A number of forces combined yesterday to overwhelm my best intentions. As my last few posts have attested, I have been immersed over the past few days in the work of Eckhart Tolle on the power of living in the present. Yesterday, it felt as though my ego, or will, was so threatened by the prospect of annihilation (through living in the now, surrender to what is) that it reared up and demanded my attention. It is a greedy beast!
Though I tried to be the “watcher” in the throes of this experience, as Tolle recommends, I was unsuccessful at taming the unruly will. My mindfulness muscles are not yet strong enough, perhaps. Today I hope to practice that mindful presence and surrender as I go about my day.
Do you have a practice that helps keep you mindful, that connects you with all that is, or that helps you avoid being “swallowed up?”