Monday, February 25, 2013

Living within the Uncertainty

Waking Up is about living within the uncertainty of life.

Our lives and our experiences are uncertain from our perspective. We don't necessarily know what is going to happen tomorrow or the next day or in the future. We may certainly have a sense of what will happen tomorrow because we planned it that way or expect it to unfold in a certain way. Nonetheless, for us to know the end result of anything is almost impossible.

Uncertainty in life makes us anxious, fearful, and stressed. For the majority of us, we are worried about everything: from family and friends to our jobs and our responsibilities and to our health and happiness. Above all, we are worried about the outcomes of our decisions. We hate not knowing what's going to happen next.

There are three concepts whose practice might help us to minimize "the anxiety of uncertainty." In brief:

1. Letting Go:
Letting go is to no longer seek to control everything that happens to us or others. Letting go does NOT mean "not caring." We care about what happens in our lives and the lives of others, but we're more willing to let the chips fall where they may.

2. Acceptance:
While we begin to 'let go' of our need for specific outcomes, we choose to 'accept' whatever it is that happens. We are willing to look it in the eye and embrace it. This is by no means easy. It is one of the most challenging things we'll ever do. And yet, through acceptance of events, circumstances, and even the thoughts of doubt or fear that preoccupy us, we create space for healing, deep clarity, and happiness.

3. The Present Moment
When we embrace the process of first'letting go' and then 'accepting' whatever it is that happens, we open the door wider for us to live in the present moment. By living in the present moment, we maximize our potential to be, to do, or to deal with anything. This in turn empowers us to experience life without stress, strain, or that dreaded uncertainty.

Personal Experience: I am dealing with uncertainty right now. I was thinking about the future and concerned about how things might or might not unfold when it comes to my professional and career goals. My mind was wading through doubts and worries about how it will all turn out; trying to interpret the unknown.

Wonderfully however, my experience of uncertainty helped me to remember the ideas communicated in this blog: the importance of letting go, of acceptance, and the experience of the present moment. Our awareness of these three concepts and a willingness to begin to practice them every day is one important step to living within the uncertainty.