Letting Go

You sit before a single candle in a quiet room.  With each inward breath, you feel the light of the flame resonate in every particle of your body.

With each outward breath, you exhale whatever unruly thought is tugging at the surface of your mind, any distraction – good, bad, trivial or fundamental – that keeps you from focusing entirely on the subtle movement of the flame.  Each thought burns in the fire and is gone.

Then a new thought strikes you – that these vigorous little thoughts were keeping you company, were staving off the silence, the loneliness.  And you exhale that thought into the flame as well, until at last you are left with just the loneliness itself.

So you take that loneliness and send it on the back of your breath into the bright fire, until it too burns away and is gone.


One Response to “Letting Go”

  1. W.C. Varones Says:

    You’ve stumbled on a truth elucidated by Christian right leader James Dobson: what if you start peeling back all the layers and discover that you’re an onion? The things you try to shed in order to discover your true self are an integral part of your true self.

    I love it when the secular left and religious right find common ground. There are many paths to enlightenment.

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