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Today, while I was walking my sweet little angels Sir Winston and Miss Dionne through a misty park and getting my flowered shoes all wet and dewy, I started thinking of a book I read a long time ago, called The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. Watching the dogs in their forever-present state often gets me thinking.

There’s a particular quote from the book that implanted itself in my memory, and sometimes, in quiet moments of nature and animals, it rings through my head.

Release your struggle.

Let go of your mind.

Throw away your concerns,

and relax into the world.

Is it really that simple? Sometimes I think no, and I go about reviewing the storm of complication so easy to identify in my life. Other times I think yes, and that the complication that’s so readily available for me to get lost in is all a matter of perspective.

Relax into the world. What a concept.

Thinking back on so many different pursuits of my life, I think that’s all I really wanted: permission from myself to relax into the world. I find many of my clients have the same complex. If I can only _____, then I can relax. When _____ is finally over, then I’ll be able to chill. When ______ happens, and when _______ gives me what I want, then at long last, I will know ‘I did it’.

The problem, of course, is that it never happens this way. One victory is replaced by the desire for another, and so the chain continues.

So our options are to continue in this way – I will accept myself when ____, or I will be acceptable when ____ – or we can make a choice that this is not how we want to roll in this potentially magical dance called life.

This moment of choice is actually the first step in my eight steps to eating naturally that I’m working on in my book right now – it’s the moment we raise our standards…only this particular standard is in a different arena than the standards we usually see as fit for raising.

This standard says I am sick of putting off my enjoyment of this life, and right now, I am setting an intention to start paying more attention to the beauty around me, and placing less importance on all the projected complications running their mouths inside my head.

I’m going to start to breathe more fully. To be more available to the people in front of me. To feel the dewy wetness on my ankles instead of stressing about the water damage to my expensive shoes.

Right now, I am going to relax into this moment, and do my very best to remember, each and every moment, that releasing my struggle is always an option I have the power to choose. Whether or not I decide to exercise that power is up to me.

Release your struggle.

Let go of your mind.

Throw away your concerns,

and relax into the world.

What if it were really that simple?

xo Jen.

 

 

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