I can’t claim credit for the following. It’s from the wise and wonderful Steven Levine:
We sit in a circle. This has great significance, for in a circle all points are equal.
The circle is the form of nature. In nature, all things move in cycles. There are seasons, day and night, life and death. Light moves into darkness, returns to light.
The American Indian spoke of the Great Hoop, in which all people were protected. When the hoop was broken, people no longer lived within the cyclical nature of who they were, and they lost their knowing, their contact with flow.
Energy seems to move in circles: the orbiting of planets, the cycling of electrons around the nucleus of the atom. When we come into the circle, we come into flow. But we push against that circle, when we try to think ‘circle’ or ‘flow.’ We make it linear, with a beginning and an end. We distort it.
Each moment is a perfect circle. When we penetrate into its totality we see that no point on the circle has any better vantage for seeing the rest of the circle than any other point. Each moment is the perfect outcome of all that has come before, the perfect predecessor of all that will follow.
To sit (in meditation) is like entering a perfect circle in which there is room for everything. We never become lost because there is nowhere to go. We are constantly arriving home in the present moment.
Surrender is perfect participation in the circle. Letting go allows us to flow, to become the whole circle. To hold on to any point is to lose ourselves, because there is no place we begin and nowhere we end.