I have a pile of books on my bookshelf on my "pending" reading list. I don't get to read as often as I'd like, so this pending reading list continues to grow.
I started to read The Surrender Experiment back in April and initially wrote about it in my May 1 post.
I'm slowly making my way to the end of this 252-page book and came across two passages that struck me that I wanted to share:
"Perhaps change only takes place when there is sufficient reason to overcome the inertia of everyday life. Challenging situations create the force needed to bring about change. The problem is that we generally use all the stirred-up energy intended to bring about change, to resist change."
"I found that I actually got more peaceful inside as I dealt with the ever-increasing magnitude of challenges. Life was molding me each day to become who I needed to be in order to handle tomorrow's tasks. All I had to do was let go and not resist the process."
- Michael A. Singer
I found these passages very powerful and very true. It's been said that change happens only when the status quo becomes unbearable. I've also heard stress defined as the desire for something to be different than what it is.
I've started to surrender when I started this book. So far, I've not encountered anything that's given me stress. Would those same life circumstances have been the source of great strain before? I can't say for sure. All I can say is that life is way more peaceful (internally and externally) now that I'm more conscious about how I approach change and challenge.
What if we decided to welcome change and not resist it? What if we were to have a welcome mat for discomfort and challenge and heartache? What if we were to accept things for the way they are instead of thinking or expecting them to be different? How would your life change?
Something to ponder...
Be open to what comes.