Let go of what has passed.
Let go of what may come.
Let go of what is happening now.
Don't try to figure anything out.
Don't try to make anything happen.
Relax, right now, and rest.
Sometimes we may need to prepare for rest, and other times we are thrust into it or mandated without warning (illness, injury, even death). The practice of incorporating rest — a pause where we are in full presence of the emptiness, no past, no future — allows us to simply be. Welcome the practice of preparing for your very last breath with ease in your mind and peace in your heart.
Presence is felt, and practiced, again and again. You cannot stop the thoughts. Simply let them flow — a river more than a dam. Even in rest, a thought can catch hold and swell. The practice is letting it go again with grace and kindness for yourself. That will support those peaceful moments of deep presence to last longer and longer.
The invitation to presence is as much surrendering to stillness as the cultivating awareness. Notice your attachments and thoughts, then let them go. Then let them go, again. What do you risk by not completing a thought? What might you gain by surrendering to a breath instead of figuring or fixing or sorting a thought or idea.
Read the poem again:
No solving, no pontificating, no armouring or vying for your “place” in the world. Relax into your body, exactly as it is now. Let the immensity of the pause open you to the vastness of nothing.