I recently began to read The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. It's the author's true-life story about a catalyst moment in his life and the journey that transpired after over the next 30+ years. His journey, in essence, was to let go and surrender to life's opportunities and challenges. The book chronicles those experiences and details his thoughts and the outcomes. I have found the book quite compelling thus far.
This topic ties into yesterday's post regarding whether things are meant to be. Michael Singer's take is that the universe can handle things, possibly much better than we could ever plan for ourselves. And just like I touched on yesterday, when I follow my intuition, or just allow things to play out, and remove the need to control, things have a most beautiful way of working out.
I have a fair example that transpired just today about how things can work out. My step-mother wanted to plan a family vacation for 2018 to a destination that books up quickly. Reservations opened today. We sat together for an hour using multiple phones and devices to try and book rooms to no avail. I was impressed with how she "surrendered" to what was. While I knew she may be disappointed that we weren't making any progress toward this goal, there was really nothing more we could do other than to keep trying. We both attempted again later this evening, and wouldn't you guess...we got all we needed, and then some!
The idea of surrender begs questions, like: How much do you surrender? When do boundaries/values come into play? How much effort is needed on one's part if/when you do surrender?
As in my example of the reservations, surrender doesn't mean you just give up. It was important to my step-mother to book this trip. We kept at it—her more so than me. What's important to note, in my opinion, is the energy that she had about it. She accepted what was, but persisted in her attempts. I wanted to support her endeavor. And we succeeded, way more than I thought we would just 12 short hours ago.
I'm sure the idea of surrender will surface in this blog again. Until then, it's fun to consider the idea of surrendering to opportunities and challenges versus fighting them.
(If you think you'd be interested in reading the book, I've provided the link below. It's an affiliate link and I'll be paid a nominal fee for your purchase, which will assist in contributing toward the costs to maintain this blog.)
(10/25/18: Affiliate link removed from this post.)
Be open to what comes.