Trusting isn’t a passive affair, like waiting around for God to give you what you want. Nor are we to fall into the opposite extreme of thinking we are the master of the universe, and through clever strategies, we will somehow bend the universe to our desires, We need to participate in life, fearlessly and with our totality, but also learn how to let go and just be with things as they are. If we look deep inside we can see that we have a fundamental kind of laziness. Even if we are really busy with making our lives as comfortable as possible, we are very lazy with the deeper aspects of our mind. And our mind is the source of trust from which all our actions manifest.
Practice: How to cultivate trust
Because trust is an internal thing, we are able to cultivate it. In Buddhist practice, we use the Mindfulness of the breath and our experience to cultivate trust.
First, we can just slow down and watch our breath. Just feel your lower belly rising and falling with each inhale and exhale. Moment by moment, the breath is flowing, and we can let go and trust the breath. The inhale comes, changes into the exhale and the inhale comes again. We can trust this flow as we watch it with our minds.
Breath comes from life, and to trust the breath means you can trust life. This practice seems very simple, and it is. When something is complicated, you know it came from the conceptual mind. When we learn to trust the breath, we can check our experience after a time of mindful breathing. Do we feel more relaxed and is our mind more spacious? Has a subtle trust entered your mind? These are the fruits of mindful breathing. Through this recognition, we start to have confidence in our ability to just be. Each moment has more possibilities and if we need to take action we simply respond in a relaxed way to the circumstance.
What happens when doubt arises?
Sometimes doubt can enter the mind, even when we practice yoga, meditation, and connecting deeply with the breath. We should not see doubt as an obstacle, that somehow we have failed in our practice or that our practice isn’t working and we need to shop around some more for another, better practice.
Doubt can bring us into a deeper understanding of trust. We can see doubt as a mirror that is showing us the door we need to walk through. Of course, this door leads to the unknown, and the unknown is where the mystery is, it is where the bliss is, and it is where we are truly alive. So trusting includes doubt, trusting includes everything, trusting is abiding in the moment and resting in the totality of the NOW. Past and future are constructs of the mind, the NOW is always fresh and its very nature is trust, love, and clarity.