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The Magic of Surrender
As I find myself reading The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle for the third time (and no, not back to back…) the importance not only of living in the moment but of SURRENDERING to the moment becomes ever more apparent.
Surrender often gets a bad rap in our culture, equated with giving up. In this instance it has rather everything to do with giving IN - giving in to what IS.
Recently in a yoga class somewhere between down dogs and thymus thumping (we tap our thymus to activate our immune system), the following words spontaneously burst out of me, "WHY WOULD WE EVER RESIST WHAT IS?!" It was such a moment of clarity regarding the futility and total waste of energy that we expend when we belabor (and even try to CHANGE) what 'is.'
And not that what 'is' is always a comfortable experience. But resisting it just increases the discomfort and draws you deeper into the drama. This has led me to a favorite new affirmation: "Today is the most fabulous day of my life." (I say this regardless of the circumstances.) BECAUSE today - and this moment - are the only things that are 'real.' The gratitude that I feel for having the honor of even experiencing this earthly trip is finding its way into my every breath and propelling that energy into what will become my future.
For those occasions that I find myself spending perhaps too much time ruminating about a past episode or coming into panic over a projected future event, I do my best to come back into the now. Mr. Tolle offers what I consider a grand piece of wisdom when he suggests that if we ask ourselves whether we are present, WE ARE. How simple is that?
One of Deepak Chopra's beautiful Spiritual Laws of Yoga is also a wonderful mantra to incorporate into your daily practice in the realm of surrender:
Om Anandahm Namah - the essence of which translates into "My actions are blissfully free from attachment to outcome."
So breathe. And be. And treasure this moment and the magic of surrender.
TODAY IS THE MOST FABULOUS DAY OF MY LIFE.
In the spirit of remembering that what we focus on grows, I share a 'Bo Dance' with you that took place a while back in one of my very favorite cities, San Francisco, to the very fitting music from Barefoot & Leakster, "Get Spanky."
(P.S. Bo is my golden retriever and the dance honors him.);)