"I've learned to trust what I call 'the Braille method' of living relinquishing grand plans and schemes in favor of an intuitive approach, feeling my way from tree to tree; relinquishing my attempts to control the world, and learning, instead, to trust a discerning surrender. My best friend Adam puts this so well. When confronted with a conundrum he says, 'Well. Let life do it.' Exactly. Willpower is the cave-man approach to life.
"Finally, I 'm learning to live inside the view (central to both yoga and Buddhism) that everything is really already OK. I may not understand it. But I know that it's so. And this allows me to relax my grip on life. With age, I'm even learning to relax my grip on practice. This is because I see more and more irrevocably that what I am hunting is also hunting for me. I do not have to be The Doer.
"Living as 'not the Doer' is a surprising way to live. I never know what's going to happen. I'm no longer living with the illusion of control. It's exciting. And it can be very passionate. The great irony is that the less I 'do' the more gets 'done.' The less I try to be Somebody, the more somebody appears, moment to moment. Classes get taught, my house gets cleaned, articles get written, dinners with friends get organized. Who's doing it all? I don't know. Not me.
"Franz Kafka said it so very well: 'Become still and quiet inside and the world will roll at your feet. It has no choice.' The most wonderful fruit of practice for me is a growing delight with Being itself a delight I seem to have known intensely as a kid, but which I've had to relearn as an adult. Yoga and meditation have helped me so much. Sleepers, Wake!"