Three months after getting back from India, I can honestly say, there has never been a better time in my personal and professional life! Heading to India I had some big professional decisions to make, and the outcome of those decisions has turned out very differently (but so much sweeter) that I ever could have imagined!
You know that feeling that I spoke about, during the last Friday night in India (my massive, life changing turning point – flowing tears of joy), I have felt that so many times, since my first post India blog post.
So let’s just say, 3 months in things are looking ah-mazing.
People keep asking me how was India and my response – ‘I expected to be broken down, I expected all the flaws and faults to come to the surface, and for Yoga to then ‘fix’ me, but it was the total opposite. India allowed me to see that I did not need fixing. It helped me to make the most of the present moment. The Now. To know that I was enough. To let go of control and enjoy the process, the journey of life.
Enter, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, which I purchased in India (the universe had been guiding me to this book for five years, and yes I finally read it). I am SO glad I read this book, as towards the end of the book Eckhart speaks of surrender.
My goal of the blog post, is to share my experience of surrender, and how it has totally and utterly changed my life and business!
Here are some main points from The Power of Now:
‘To some people, surrender may have negative connotations, imply defeat, giving up, failing to rise to the challenges of life, becoming lethargic, and so on. True surrender, however, is something entirely different. It does not mean to passively put up with whatever situation you find yourself in and to do nothing about it. Nor does it mean to cease making plans of initiating positive action’.
‘Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life’
‘The only place where you can experience the flow of life is the NOW, so to surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation’.
‘It is to relinquish inner resistance to what is’.
‘Inner resistance is to say ‘no’ to what is, through mental judgment and emotional negativity. It becomes particularly pronounced when things ‘ go wrong’, which means there is a gap between the demands or rigid expectations of your mind and what is. This is the pain gap’.
It is in these times that surrender needs to be practiced more so, if we want to eliminate pain from our lives.
‘Surrender is a purely inner phenomenon. It does not meant that on the outer level you cannot take action and change the situation’.
‘Resignation is not surrender. You don’t need to deceive yourself to say that there is nothing wrong. No you fully recognize that you want to get our of it. Then you narrow your attention to the present moment without mentally labeling it in any way’.
No judgment of the Now.
This means there is no resistance, no emotional negativity.
‘Surrender is perfectly compatible with taking action… but in the surrendered state a totally different energy flows into your doing’.
This makes what you are doing joyful. The results will then look after themselves and reflect that quality instead of pushing and controlling.
So here’s to surrendering on and off the mat!
I hope this has helped you with whatever you may be going through right now.
Share with me how can you surrender in your personal life? Business? On the yoga mat?