We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell
There is an ancient story from China. It describes the traps they used for monkeys. A coconut is hollowed out through an opening that was cut to the size of a monkeys hand. Rice was then placed in the carved out coconut, which was left in the path for the monkeys.
The monkeys would smell the rice, place their hand in the coconut, but once they fisted the rice, its hand could no longer fit back out. The monkeys that were caught, were the ones who would not “let go” of the rice. (This story is from “The book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo)
“What is our rice” and what is keeping us from opening our grip and letting go?
Sitting still and listening can help us understand where we are insisting to control what we want, and how this stubbornness stops us from letting go and allowing.
In opening our fist and trusting in life, we will find, that what is rightly ours will flow freely and easily to us. How and when that happens it’s not our concern. Our freedom is always in letting go, surrendering and allowing our life to unfold exactly as it is meant to be.
This doesn’t mean we do not create and open or build doors towards our goals, it means we need to loosen our grip and stop holding on so tightly to our plans and dreams. When we contract our fist, we become prisoners unable to receive.
When we open our heart and hands fully in life, we can begin to receive the immense abundance, love and freedom that is waiting for us.