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Lightly | A Quote by Aldous Huxley

Do you ever associate a heaviness with a moment or a person or a project? What do you do to suspend the weight? I find Aldous Huxley’s words profoundly useful in helping me to be less serious.

It’s dark because you are trying too hard.
Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.

I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig.
Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me.
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.
No rhetoric, no tremolos,
no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell.
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.

So throw away your baggage and go forward.
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
That’s why you must walk so lightly.
Lightly my darling,
on tiptoes and no luggage,
not even a sponge bag,
completely unencumbered.

Aldous Huxley

How do you help yourself and others to go lightly? Will you find a way to infuse more levity into this moment? I sure hope so.

P.S. Thanks to Rick McCharles for the image and to Lara Divine, the most fabulous yoga instructor for introducing me to this quote exactly when I needed it.
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