I have seen this in myself and in others: this unconscious gripping tightly to what we know. And yet...and yet...a moment of grace comes - and it is grace - when something shifts inside and we feel a loosening, and know that letting go is happening,
even when we didn't eactly work at doing it ourselves.
This inner growth and movement is important in these times of escalating changes and agitation in structures and institutions, families and communities. Deliberately cultivating one's own inner
life pf prayer and presence - no easy task in itself, but a most grounding and centering one - is of more importance now than at any time. Noticing...seeing what is shifting inside, inner movements, being present to ourselves without blame or judgment - these
few inner practices alone can make a big difference to how we negotiate these times.
This came clearer to me these past three weeks while I was alone here with Arctic temperatures, snow upon snow, dog-and-cat schedules, freezing drains. And my own work
among it all. There were many inner shifts, and driven activities - and many moments of letting go into the expansive freedom of grace, and seeing a larger reality than my small one. I did not myself bring these moments. They came from the larger Reality,
but I was aware of opening to them when they were offered. That's the awareness I want to keep.