Thursday, July 22, 2010

surrender


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Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life.  The only place where you can experience the flow of life is the Now, so to surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation.  It is to relinquish inner resistance to what is.  Inner resistance is to say "no" to what is, through mental judgment and emotional negativity.  It becomes particularly pronounced when things "go wrong," which means that there is a gap between the demands or rigid expectations of your mind and what is.  That is the pain gap.  If you have lived long enough, you will know that things "go wrong" quite often.  It is precisely at those times that surrender needs to be practiced if you want to eliminate pain and sorrow from your life.   Acceptance of what is immediately frees you from mind identification and thus reconnects you with Being.  Resistance is the mind.
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~ Eckhart Tolle
from The Power of Now
art by allan omarra
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