We often think we are powerless and our problems are all powerful. This is the paradox of Life. The truth is our problems are powerless in the face of the grace and blessings in our lives.
Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836~1886) said it so beautifully,”Hoist your sails, for the winds of grace are blowing.” Those winds are always blowing. Your Life__and mine__is always blessed. But in the throes of problems, in the epicentre of your personal maelstrom you forget to do the simplest thing, to hoist your sails__which is to open yourself up, to surrender and to let go.
In the Danny Boyle film ‘127 Hours’ , Alan Ralston prepares to die of hunger, pain, thirst and hopelessness, when he makes a last attempt to save himself__he lets go, literally, of his lower right hand. That act of letting go in his case was both physically painful and metaphorically liberating. For us, the metaphor alone should suffice and hopefully be awakening.
Each moment in your life has been waiting for you since you were born. The trajectory of your Life has been pre-cast and the problems you encounter too are the hurdles that are set up there to make you aware of your true power. To discover that power, you must just let go. When you let go, you actually invite boundless grace into your Life. It may bring pain, the thought and the act of letting go, but eventually, it leads to freedom, joy and bliss!