Learning to Surrender
“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
On an emotionally rough Sunday, I could feel my mind becoming more cluttered and noisy. I decided to read one of my go-to books The Power of Now by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle for some guidance and mindful help. The meaning of surrender is to simply accept the now. Surrender means letting go and allowing what is natural, instinctual, back into this moment, but with awareness. Surrender is to yield to life versus opposing the flow. When things aren't going right, we have to learn to accept what is, and to focus on the present moment. If we catch ourselves being anxious about the future, or a specific outcome then we won't be able to find stillness or a peace of mind.
The only place you can experience the flow of life is the Now. We have to let go of resistance from what is. In other words, surrendering means to let go unconditionally. If something awful has happened, it doesn't mean you can't make any changes or improvements, but firstly we must accept the current situation mindfully first before we can move towards the next step.
“Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.” - Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle's writings are fantastic and incredibly insightful on looking inwards. I'm constantly learning and working on letting go and focusing on the present. Check out his books if you find this blog post interesting!