we tend to cling ~mark nepo

I envy the tree,
how it reaches
but never holds.

Things that matter come and go, but being touched and feeling life move on, we tend to cling and hold on, not wanting anything to change. Of course, this fails and things do change. Often, we are stubborn enough to go after what we think is leaving, trying to manipulate and control the flow of life. Of course, this fails, too.

We can’t stop life from flowing. So we are left with feeling what was and what is, and we call the difference loss. But all the clinging and holding on only makes it worse. Now, new things come, and some of us anticipate the loss and just let the things of life go by without feeling them at all.

I have done all these things, but when clear enough and open enough, I try to let things in, to let things touch me. I try not to poke and pull at them as they move through. It doesn’t eliminate loss, but when trusting enough to let this happen, I am tuned like a harp held up to wind.

  • Sit quietly, and bring to mind a feeling you’ve tried to hold onto.
  • Breathe evenly, and bring to mind a feeling you’ve cut off.
  • Breathe slowly, and bring to mind something you are feeling deeply right now, and try to allow it in without interfering with its presence.

~Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

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