One of my favorite meditations is called The Cliff by The Meditation Society of Australia and it’s totally free to sign up and get access to some really great meditations.The Cliff starts out with imagining yourself standing on the edge of a cliff, looking out over the ocean as the sun begins to rise and you are safe there.
Take a minute to really think about that image.
Now imagine that you step forward, until just one foot is balancing on the cliff with the ocean below you and the sunrise before you. You lean forward and then you fall.
You let yourself fall.
But there is no fear, no worry, just the knowledge that you are safe and that in falling, in trusting, you will learn to soar.
It’s scary to think of letting go of control isn’t it? Sometimes you just have to jump off of the metaphorical cliff and enjoy the ride. To let yourself fall and hope that as you reach the water, wings sprout from your back and you begin to soar, to glide, to perfect freedom.Last week I was having lots of anxiety problems. I would wake up and literally be shaking with anxiety over facing the day. It’s a horrible way to wake up and after three days of it, I knew that something had to give. I realized that I was holding on to so much. Expectations and disappointments were piled on my back and they were crushing me.
I had to let go.
I had to let go of the things that hadn’t gone my way and that I could do nothing to fix. I had to stop holding on so tightly to what might or might not happen in the future. I had to stop being responsible for other people’s feelings and actions. I just had to let it be. No more holding on. No holding on to anger, or jealousy, or insecurity. It’s terrifying to let go, to let everything fall away from you, but to know that everything is going to work out in the end is comforting. It’s all about having faith and you just have to have faith that sometimes falling equals freedom.
Take comfort in falling with nothing holding you back.
In moments of panic I close my eyes and do a quick visualization. I picture myself standing on the edge of a cliff. The sun is rising over the ocean, the colors are blossoming over the sky, reflected in the ocean waters and then I step forward and I fall. Nothing follows me, nothing gets to come along for the ride. It’s just me and sweet summer air and the wind rushing over every part of me.