Resting in the Openness of Mind

By Norman Fischer

 

Resting in the openness of mind.  Sometimes it’s called not knowing. Why would we have to know everything all the time? Why do we have to be so knowledgeable, so smart, so in control?  We don’t! There’s no need to figure everything out.  We can just be alive.  We can breathe in and breathe out and let go and just trust our life, trust our body. Our body and our life know what to do.

The problem is to let them do it, to relax and let them guide us. Of course life is complicated and we have many things to work out in our material and psychological lives. But also we can find a place of refuge sometimes — in our own life, in our own breath, in our own presence.  Maybe the easiest way to do this is also the simplest way: just stop and take a breath.  One breath, maybe two or three.  You could do this now. Take a breath and return to the openness of mind.  Breathing in, breathing out, and in the feeling of the breath, noticing whatever is there and letting go of it, easily, gently.  Even if you are bored with yourself, even if you have some disturbing things going on in your life that produce disturbing thoughts and feelings in you, it is still possible in this precise moment (even now, as you are reading) to notice breathing, notice the body, notice the feeling of being present in this moment of time. This will relax you. This is what it feels like to rest in the openness of mind.