Ever have a problem that you’re straining to solve and the answer is just not coming? You need to just let it go for a while and get some perspective. Sometimes that’s hard for me because my mind keeps going back to it, trying to figure it out. Or I might be having a conflict with someone that keeps swirling in my head. I’ve certainly had my share of not being able to move on when someone or something hurt me or even just bugged me. And I’ve had more of my share of needing to change and surrendering.
What does it mean to surrender? The dictionary says: “sur·ren·der /səˈrendər/ verbto cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority”
Well, I don’t have to submit to THEIR authority! But I can submit to a higher authority, to what the Universe is saying in the situation. When I am having a problem with someone or something, I am resisting what is. I am probably resisting something that I need to accept about them or it that I cannot change. Again, what is the Universe saying here that I am not accepting? To me surrender doesn’t mean to give in and approve of something that may not work for me, it means to just give up the fight.
But first, I have to acknowledge what it is that I’m fighting. I cannot let go of that which I do not own. I’ve got to OWN what’s bugging me.
I’ve got to remember to:
- Let go of the idea that I can control others’ actions
- Accept the things I cannot change
- Trust that there will be an answer
“There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be” -McCartney/Lennon
“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” -Sonia Ricotti
And, above all, I’ve got to remember to not take myself too seriously.
Next week, I will share my “Letting Go” guided meditation.
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