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The art and act of surrender

Posted on July 31 2016

What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Eckhart Tolle

I’ve often struggled with the word “surrender” as well as the many meanings it holds. From “yielding power or control” to “ceasing resistance”, I’ve realized that there is definitely an art to living a life of surrender. Even as I type these words, I am aware of the fact that my mind flinches each time I type “surrender”.  As someone who believes in fighting for what I want and never giving up, it is hard to come to terms with the idea of yielding my power to another.

Surrendering to life is the end of suffering

We are incredibly intelligent beings but sometimes, that intelligence can work against us. The same mind which creates and brings magical ideas to life can also harbor pain, anxiety, stress and worry. What I’ve realized is that surrender is a matter of perception. If your mind believes that it’s giving up power or control, then it will fight to hold on to both. If it however believes that it is allowing what is, to be, then there is no fight against the inevitable.

Surrendering to Life is not about submission to a force that you have no control over. Life, whether we believe it or not, is not a separate entity from us. The same energy that runs through every thing from the rivers to the birds of the air, the sands at sea to the air we breathe, is the same energy that runs through us. It is impossible to break that bond. I think about adding a drop of water to the sea and then trying to take back that same drop from the sea. It would be impossible to do so as that drop was always a part of that sea whether it was separate or together.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

When we fight Life, Life fights us back. I know this for a fact. I also know that some of the best things that have ever happened in my life have happened without my “help”. It is not about giving up but instead, allowing your intuition to lead you towards inspired action. You are not fretting or worrying or chasing and you are not tied to any particular result or outcome –you are acting from a place of truth and trust.

Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” Eckhart Tolle

I’m not advocating a lazy life but I am advocating trusting Life. I strongly believe that whatever is happening at any given moment is happening for a reason. Be alert, there are always valuable lessons to be learned. Surrender is not about not living. In fact when you surrender is when true living actually starts.


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