Be Still and Allow

“You cannot catch a horse in a field by running after it.
But if you stand still and hold out an apple, the horse will come to you.”
~B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

Is there something you’re chasing, forcing, or grasping at? Can you be still and allow it to unfold on its own, or perhaps even let it go?

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11 thoughts on “Be Still and Allow

  1. This reminds me of the old Buddhist simile of the mind being like a monkey tethered to a post. The monkey is one’s thoughts, and the post is a heightened yet totally passive awareness. The constantly busy mind is represented by the monkey scrambling all over the place on its leash. Eventually, the unmoving post (the passive awareness) causes the monkey to come and sit quietly beside it.

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    • That’s beautiful. I hadn’t heard that one before. Thanks for sharing, Hariod. It is similar to the horse quote. Scary, sometimes, to think how much our mind controls us, and also how much control we have over our mind and reality if we would just believe it.

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  2. I loved this quote, Kim! It is true, both literally (if you’ve ever actually tried to catch a horse) and metaphorically. I tend to over-plan, and try to control things that I really can’t. Thanks for the reminder that sometimes it’s necessary to just step back and let life flow. It’s incredibly liberating, if we can actually do it!

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