Relax Into Surrender And Receive What Is Promised
“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you” – Eckhart Tolle
When you are in resistance to something you expend a lot of energy trying to stop something that can’t be stopped.
Imagine that you are holding a rubber band as far as it can be stretched. At some point one of two things are going to happen. The band will experience fatigue, break and snap your hands painfully, or you will let it go, releasing the tension.
If you find yourself exhausted every single day, you might want to check to see what you are creating resistance to.
What inner conflict and struggle is going on in your life? What rigid habits or mind sets do you have which are in conflict with your journey?
Relax and tune into your inner guidance. Follow where your intuition leads. Then gently let go of what is creating this tension, the thing that is no longer serving you. Experience the joy of renewed energy when you are in the flow of your life path.
Part of the process of learning to surrender to what is, is the process of learning to love who you are in this moment. Accepting yourself with all of your imperfections actually empowers you to grow into your potential.
It is kind of opposite of what you may think. You put yourself down thinking that condemning parts of yourself, is the way to change those parts of you that aren’t perfect.
Think of a metal spring. Hold it between two of your fingers, pressing your fingers together so that it is totally compacted. No space left. This is how you treat yourself. Like the expression, “too tightly wound”. You compress your feelings, your desires. You hold fingers tightly thinking that it puts you in control. That you can force yourself to hide the parts you don’t want others to see.
“The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender” – William Booth
But at some point, your fingers are going to get tired. When that happens you are going to let go of that spring. Then that spring is going to bounce all over the room.
When that happens, you create a pattern of self-sabotage in your life. Your life turns into a Greek tragedy. You implode and whatever you were trying to hide, will expose itself in a big way.
But what if instead of trying to hold tightly to the spring, you released the tension just a little bit? Then a little bit more and more, until there is no tension left. You find the spring just stands there, perfectly balanced.
By surrendering to who you really are, you empower yourself to become better. Instead of being your enemy, it becomes your teacher. You learn to work with it, instead of fighting against it.
“Surrender requires courage. In meditation, you confront yourself with your problems again and again until you finally understand the absolute need to let go. Otherwise, you will continue to emphasize the lack of acceptance, regrets, pain . . . But when acceptance comes, I can see smiles on your faces” – Sahajananda
You can’t control other people’s actions or reactions. You can’t really control your own. You can learn to let go.
To be like water. To flow through, under, over, around the obstacles in your life.
Trying to push the boulder uphill just uses up your energy and leaves you tired, angry and frustrated. Going around the boulder and continuing down your path is much easier. Don’t try to drag the boulder back down the hill with you.
Leave it alone. When you surrender, you also release. It is a do or don’t do thing. You either surrender or you don’t. There is no part way to surrender process. Find the blocks and release them completely. Or don’t.
It takes a great level of self-love and determination to live your life this way. But it is the way to growth and change. To be able to live life as the greatest version of your true self.
True surrender is not giving up or giving in. It has nothing to do with failure. It is not being defeated by something greater than you are.
It doesn’t mean that you become welcome mats and let everyone wipe their feet on you.
It is simply and profoundly going with the flow of life.
Most of the rules you put into your life were built on the concept of fear. Fear of being hurt, so you closed up. Fear of being wrong, so you shut up. Fear of being exposed or humiliated, so you became invisible.
Surrender is about being vulnerable to all of those fears. To realizing that you are much stronger than you think you are. That if the worst happens, you can live and grow through that experience in a new way. You can transform through any experience to come out the other side, stronger and more beautiful than you were.
“The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen” – Rumi
It is about accepting what is, not what you were in expectation of. It is about letting go of the should’s and could’s, and accepting what is. It is silencing the mind and listening to your heart and souls voice.
Go from being a “human doing” to a “human being”. The mind is all about doing. The heart and soul connection is all about being who you are at the center of your being.
Believe in your potential, have faith in what will be. Like the caterpillar, have faith that when you emerge from the chrysalis an even better life will begin.