Raising the White Flag

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Let Go. Let it Flow.

In my experience, life is a constant process of Letting Go. To Do lists and agendas are made, pre-conceived notions based on beliefs or desires are created; we have our expectations, we think we have it all planned out. Then, life throws a curve and we find ourselves changing course. How can we find the ability to breathe through it, to realize the impossibility of controlling the events and other people around us?

Let Go of Any Idea of “How Things Ought To Be.”

Arguing with the reality of what’s happening only creates immense stress in our life. By doing our best to step into the flow of what is needful now, and focus on what we can do to make this moment the best it can be, we will have more metal capacity to respond with clarity and creativity to whatever has arisen. Letting go of our grasping onto, takes a great deal of courage and trust. We put ourselves in a space of vulnerability and allowing when we

Stop Trying So Hard to Wrest Control Over Everything.

“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

Giving Up, Making Room

Raising the white flag is often a symbol of giving up or giving in, maybe even of losing.

However, sometimes, it takes more strength (and faith) to surrender than it does to keep fighting a “losing battle.”

We create our dreams based on what we desire, but also on what we think we deserve. We work hard, striving for success, for the life we want. When everything works in our favor, we are grateful for our accomplishments.

But, sometimes we are called to let go of a dream that we’ve been chasing or holding onto, perhaps even for years. Sometimes, things don’t work out in the long run and continuing on is not even an option; loss is inevitable. Sometimes, fighting for what we think we want creates more stress and anxiety and consumes far more time and energy than choosing to settle for something else.

What happens when we release that which was not meant for us to keep?

There is freedom in the choice to let go of the struggle. While we may, for a little while, turn into a crumpled heap on the bedroom floor, emptying ourselves out in heaving sobs, eventually, we will be ready to be re-built anew. We are given the opportunity to learn acceptance and resilience. What had felt like a sacrifice or forfeiture, had actually opened our hands in order to receive something new, to find another opportunity for growth along our own soul’s path. In this way, surrender becomes a softening into a new wide open place full of possibility and potential.

Ishvara Pranidhana

This is a Sanskrit term which is translated as “surrender or attentiveness to the divine.” We can look at this in two ways: God, as outside of ourselves – or – the divine and virtuous qualities within.

In either case, we are invited to surrender our distractions, our busy-ness, our prejudices and judgments, our troubles and selfishness and sense of isolation, our constant striving for acceptance or perfection. We are invited to lay all of that down and Be. Still.

In the stillness, we rest and find the heart of our own center. In the stillness, we find the peace within and the realization that all things are connected. In the stillness, we may also find that our truest form of self-expression, our essence, is also our perfection. In the stillness, when we trust our ability to surrender, we find our freedom.

“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water
and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget,
truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”
~ Tyler Knott Gregson

 

~ Invitation ~

Are you familiar with the Serenity Prayer?
How can you apply this teaching of surrender to your life?

The Serentity Prayer
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.”
~ by Reinhold Niebuhr

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Christy

Christy Sensharma

I am a wife and a mom, a yogi, an artist, and a writer… but not always in that order! I tend to think in collage and have trouble starting my day without coffee (black). I am a contemplative and a seeker on this wonderful, odd trip that is this human life. I love to have adventures and detest fences of any kind. Dedicated to my journal, I blog part-time at www.vignettesfrommylife.blogspot.com

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