The Art of Surrender

Image from Lucie Chen

Image from Lucie Chen

“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

We’ve all surrendered before. To music, to love, to pleasure. It’s something we welcome – losing ourselves in the moment, merging ourselves with the emotion, the sensation, the grand scheme and the minutia. We give in, we let go, we surrender to the flow.

But what about when life isn’t going so well?

How often do we fight against where we are at?

How often do we resist the space we find ourselves in?

No. I will not be sick. NO. I will not be upset.  I will not be helpless. I will not be weary. I will not be uncertain or directionless. I will not be devoid of inspiration. I will not be apathetic or depressed, exhausted or miserable. No. NO. NO!

Immerse by J Derek Howard

Immerse by J Derek Howard

Oh, sweetheart. You are where you are…

Stop fighting.

Because life, you see, is what it is. You are where you are.

Why resist the truth of this moment? Why keep swimming upstream?

You are where you are.

Surrender to what is. Surrendering is not condoning this space. It is not you saying to the Universe YES, I WANT THIS AWFUL PAIN. I WANT THIS FAILURE. Or even, I DESERVE THIS TERRIBLE THING.

Surrender is simply letting go.

Right now I am sick. Right now I am hurting. Right now I am lonely. Right now things aren’t going so well…

Drop back into that river. Let the river carry you.

And it will.

When you stop fighting and let go, it becomes easier. The river carries you. You can merge with the fullness of the moment. You own the feelings. You own the truth of what is.

As you stop the struggle, be it an emotional, physical or spiritual one, you may find that you sink like a stone. Don’t panic. Haven’t you ever sunk deep into love? Didn’t you do that with reckless abandon?

At the bottom of the river it’s so quiet and still. There’s room for your frightened soul to expand again.

And as you do, you’ll rise up. Soon you’ll be floating, and the current will take you.

One morning you’ll find yourself washed up on a new shore, bathed in sunlight, caressed by a gentle breeze scented with the sweet fragrance of new possibilities.

Stop fighting.

Let go.

Surrender to what is.

And know that you are beautiful, magnificent, courageous, loved…

18 thoughts on “The Art of Surrender

  1. I am glad mentioned here is just surrendering to where you are right now. I have been shamed so much in my life if I show any signs of depression, perhaps because my mum is bi-polar. So, now in my present circumstances, yeah, I feel depressed now and again. Instead of fighting though, I have just been accepting that it is natural to feel this way, and not berating myself for the feelings. I still have to stay away from mum and just stay to myself when feeling this way. I know, though, that I am not in any danger, it is just an emotional state, like happiness, joy, sadness, frustration, etc. I also know it will not last long, just a day, and a lot of the time it is predicated by lack of sleep and pain.
    Thanks for the wonderful words, and I love the first picture.

    Peace

  2. Incredibly beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes….(grabbing another tissue). You have a wonderful ability to get to the heart of the matter and touch is so gently yet expertly. Thank you Nicole. Susan x

  3. And God Bless you Nicole….xxxx. I picture you surrendering and mending. The universe sent me too right here, right now, just when they were the only words I needed to hear. Jxxx

  4. My heart is with you and your suffering…thank you, as always, for giving me a nudge in the right direction , when I need it .
    Cherry x

  5. Reading through , felt tears of acceptance flowind down my cheeks. There is so much familiarity to the picture of bondage and resistance captured in black and white, the same familiarity that we try to fight in our daily lives. We know that you are truly blessed to be pouring in words of wisdom for those in search of it .

    Sincerely grateful and holding you in my prayers,
    Prathibha

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