Friday, March 12, 2010

Just Trust

The word "trust" comes from the Old Norse word traust, which literally means "firmness." Webster's definition for trust includes "firm belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability, justice, etc. of another person or thing."

Trusting something or someone implies that there is a reliable structure in place that brings order to things, and that within this framework of trust, there is reasonable expectation and confidence that the world will unfold in a dependable way. Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote that through the experience of trust, "we can find a powerful stabilizing element embracing security, balance, and openness within the trusting which, in some way, if not based on naivete, intuitively guides us and protects us from harm or self-destruction" (Wherever You Go, There You Are, p. 58).

In our spiritual journey, we come to trust our experiences and the processes that unfold through practice. For example, when we learn that we can reduce suffering by disengaging from habitual and self-destructive thoughts by returning to a present-moment sensory reality, such as the feeling of the breath, trust begins to build. As this trust grows, not through faith but through direct experience, this new way of being gradually becomes the norm. 
Perhaps we could experiment with trusting the present moment, accepting whatever we feel of think or see in this moment because it is what is present now. If we can take a stand here, and let go into the full texture of now, we may find that this very moment is worthy of our trust. From such experiments, conducted over and over again, may come a new sense that somewhere deep within us resides a profoundly healthy and trustworthy core, and that our intuitions, as deep resonances of the actuality of the present moment, are worthy of our trust. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever You Go, There You Are, p. 59)

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