Saying "Yes!" to Life
When we were small children, most of us had an incredible enthusiasm for the
sheer experience of living. A tiny ant, a blade of grass, a new word, a green
bean, a shadow on the floor, a rainstorm, or a stranger's smile could be a
source of great curiosity and delight. Even if the moment happened to be an
experience of fear, or tears, or a definite "No," it was lived fully,
experienced completely from our openness to the moment at hand.
A child has a very open heart; what he or she lacks is wisdom and
discrimination. But in growing up, as we are taught "about" the world, we begin
to live more and more in the conceptual world of thought rather than in the
felt-sense of openness to life as it is. We are taught to rely on ideas and
interpretations rather than our own experience to tell us what is true and what
is not. Pretty soon, we are convinced that the thoughts and images we have
collected about a "me" define who we actually are. As we all know, appearances
can be deceiving; but ideas can be even more deceiving, especially if we are
relying on ideas to tell us about the truth of who we are, or what is true in
our own experience.
The freedom to say "Yes!" to life is the freedom of our own true nature. The
ego is always looking for freedom "from" life, but the realization of Who or
What we are invites us into a deeper freedom--the freedom to experience the
whole of life intimately. Awakening to our true nature invites us to see the
world through the eyes of innocence, through the felt-sense of our bodies, to
live in this moment rather than in the past of the mind's memory or the future
of its projection. We are invited to discover the world anew, with the wisdom
and love of our own deepest truth. We begin to trust when we need to say "Yes"
to our own "No." Many people fear a notion of death, but such a fear often
masks an even deeper fear--the fear of truly living as What we are right here
© Dorothy Hunt
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