Reflections on the many great and helpful tools I've found in seeking the voice of the God of my heart.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Laying Your Burden Down
I read this article in the "Daily Om" and knew that I wanted to re post it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
We all know the feeling of walking through life as if we are carrying the huge burden of our worries and stresses on our backs and shoulders, struggling to keep moving forward. There is no real way to move freely and fluidly in such a situation, and we are all longing to lay our burdens down. Just imagining that it would be possible to do such a thing can be enough to elicit a sigh of relief and a feeling of lightness.
The human imagination is a powerful tool, and we can use it to take journeys to faraway places without ever leaving our home. Because of this, we too can lay our burdens down at the feet of a divine being such as the great Mother, Buddha or a mountain. Releasing ourselves from that which we can’t handle on our own. No matter how smart we are, how capable we are, or how hard we work, no one can single-handedly cope with all the worries that we tend to take on in the course of our lives. And, we aren’t designed to do so. Our wellbeing depends upon our ability to hand over that which we can no longer carry by ourselves.
Visualizing yourself carrying your burdens to the feet of someone or something much bigger than you can be a powerful daily practice. To begin, sit with your eyes closed and envision an all powerful, supremely comforting being in what ever form that takes for you, standing at the end of a road. See yourself carrying a large sack, box, or other container, imagining that all your worries are inside it. Watch as you make your way to the being of your choice, and lay your baggage down at their feet. Allow yourself to feel the lightness and relief of this action, express your gratitude, and surrender. You will be amazed by how this simple meditation can liberate you from a burden you were never meant to carry.
May you lay down your burdens at the feet of your God and may this tool be a blessing...
Like many, I am a seeker, looking to more fully express the glory and grace of this existence. For as long as I can remember I have been searching for my own truth. I have always been on a quest for a deeper and more meaningful, or practical relationship with the supreme being. Along the way I have met many great teachers, studied with others who are like-minded, and picked up some very practical tools to help me communicate with and express the God within. I am still on that quest and hope to share my daily journey with you. I welcome your thoughts ...Namaste