The art of letting go

Last night I lit a fire and spent a few hours just looking at it, listening to the sounds of burning wood, and the thing that struck me was how easily fire surrendered to the rest of nature’s forces. It let itself go completely in the direction the wind was blowing, with the submission of someone jumping off a cliff. Not a single ounce of resistance!


What I also realized is that as the wood started burning, it didn’t just burn on the surface. The wood was completely overtaken by this amazing natural element and started burning from within, with a passion and a desire to let itself go and accept its fate come what may.

As I listened to the quiet enchanting sounds of the crackling crispy roasting wood, I was reminded how nature, plants, animals, clouds and wind all surrendered, with absolutely no inhibitions whatsoever, in a manner of complete faith that is meant to be will indeed be.

I reflected on how we ourselves sometimes struggle to surrender – we fight the urge to let go for reasons ranging from the psyche’s walls, fear and self protection, the need to belong or simply due to lack of insight. But what we seem to forget is that perfection is already here within us – we are created by a force greater than our imagination can behold. A deep mysterious force that stems from purity and perfection itself.
Every single part of nature, the combinations of colours, textures, sounds, smells and plants, animals are all perfectly matched and balanced resulting in a flawless canvas of what life is, and what it’s meant to be.
The passion with which that fire burnt, the warmth it emanated, the submission of the flames all reminded me of what Rumi meant when he said that whatever we search for we already have, we just need to return to our souls to find the answers that reside in our hearts. The world is within us, as we are within it. We are made up of every single atom that makes up every single part of the Universe. We are One with the rest of Everything.
So surrender freely, trust what may come, believe in what is, and search for the treasures we are capable of finding. It is all out there… burning with a fire of passion and submission.
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Rumi Quotes in association with Nasseema Taleb.