Let it go and see it come back ten-fold

Breathe in deeply, softly though, through the nose.

And s-l-o-w-l-y exhale.

Keep the mouth closed.

Pout if you will.

Remind your shoulders to soften.

Stop clutching at straws, fighting for control.

When you let go of it, that’s when you have it in abundance.

Brilliance comes out to play.

Talent comes out’a your pores.

And it is only when it is effortless that it truly becomes beautiful beyond words.

In art work and in life, patterns eventually emerge and rhythm starts to happen — without much of your involvement and ability.

Take, for instance, a football match.

You see a guy pass the ball without kicking it habohloko.

With no power at all.

Finesse.

All he needs is a slight touch, the ball will connect gently with the outside part of the boot, a twist of his body weight mid-air towards one direction, in a dancing type of way, hands in the air, and the ball beautifully changes direction, flying just inches over the heads of back-pedalling and panic-stricken defenders … landing directly at the feet of an on-running teammate who can choose to do anything with the swerving ball, and still score.

It’s as though the ball waits for the man to decide how he’ll handle it, before it descends fully on his boots.

The pass is juuust that right.

Ready-made.

Measurements precise.

Calculated in a space of two seconds.

Intelligence.

This thing comes in many forms.

Anyway…

Remind your shoulders to soften.

Stop clutching at straws. Don’t strive for control.

You won’t have it. The world shifts everyday.

Now, back to the breathing exercise.

When you let go of it, that’s when you have it.

Yup! 😜

Breathe in deeply, softly though, through the nose.

And s-l-o-w-l-y exhale.

Keep the mouth closed.

Pout ntombó if you feel like it.

Be aware of the air goin’ out and feel the tension dissipate.

SILENCE.

Time just slowed down.

REPEAT.

By THEMBA JAY

A Wordsmith: I write and edit. I speak and facilitate public conversations.

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