When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
–Paul McCartney
McCartney was singing of his own mother, who died when he was young.   That a sense of her presence comes to him in his hour of darkness is very poignant.  And yet what she tells him to do is profound and universal.   For thousands of years, people have sought the same wisdom from Mother Mary.  There is a deeper awareness in us that Knows what we need in times of trouble.   In our hour of darkness, we know what to seek.  It isn’t stern and fatherly counsel.  It is a mother’s caring and nonjudgmental awareness.   And I agree with McCartney that this is the kind of intelligence that everyone in the world, however far apart in culture, beliefs, economic status, most needs right now.
After meditation one evening, a friend (who happens to be English and sounds a little like McCartney) once said that he prefers the phrase “let it be” to “let it go” because letting go can feel like too much doing–inviting the ego to take over, ending the sense of being with life that can appear in the quiet of meditation.   Let it be conveys what I’ve heard described as a “movement of availability.”  Letting be is that very quiet movement of allowing life to be what it is.  If we are to awaken, we must welcome in all the orphans of our being and consciousness.  If there is to be an answer to the mystery of our lives, if there is to be healing to the heartbreak, it is in this movement of quiet, attentive letting be.
The Buddha urged his followers to adopt the attitude of a mother caring for her only child.  Jesus urged people to be like children, to make themselves available to the embrace of his love.  I once heard the Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn say that understanding is acceptance, and acceptance is love.  Acceptance is not passivity or weakness, not giving up……it is just the opposite.  It is the courageous movement of allowing what is to be what it is……understanding that what will be will be, that children and all manner of things inside and outside will unfold in a lawful way.  It is embracing that unfolding with love.  It is mercy.
And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be…..
The greatest wisdom is letting be.  Letting be is a movement of availability, of acceptance……and ultimately of love.  How can we achieve such an extraordinary capacity……to love consciously?   I suspect it is not what we think.  It is not straining beyond ourselves……it is just the opposite.  It is going down, practicing love and acceptance on animals……including the animal of the body.  My very wise teacher Sudharma, always urged people to be humble……to be like earth worms, digging down into the earth of themselves.  When I sit sometimes, I reflect that this body I have been given links me to the distant past.  I marvel that this body came to me from a great chain of humanity.  In meditation, this body is revealed to be a vast cave of wonders, like Lascaux. Who knows what wonders might be discovered if I can shine the light of attention? I have heard and read that we contain worlds, universes…..that there is entire galaxies in our heart.  I might glimpse this and hear this. If I can let it be.
May all beings know the love of a mother.  Happy Mother’s Day.