If you swim or even tried to learn swimming, you know that the key to floating is to stop struggling and letting go. In my mother tongue Marathi there is a beautiful saying, “Panyache vagane kiti visangat, pohnyarala budawate, pretala thevate tarangat.” It means that, “Behavior of water is so odd, swimmers sink and dead bodies float”.
Force of water is nothing compare to our small bodies. When we flow with the water, we join the force instead of defending against it. Defending yourself is an attack against you. You are expecting the Universe to be against you. It is not the case. The Universe wants to lift you up and take you to places you cannot imagine. But you have to let go of your struggles. Water can float you only when you embrace it.
In our everyday life we are constantly struggling. Struggling to make money, raise a family, upgrading cars, upgrading homes, etc. You may think that you are in the worst situation but you are never bound to stay there. Even if you are in a prison, your mind is always free to wander. You do have the ultimate power.
Surrendering does not mean giving up, it means letting go.
Quit trying to control everything. Simply dream and imagine. Universe will take care of the rest. Have faith that you are meant to live a life like king and queen. Royals never take care of details, they simply ask and wait to receive what they want. Yes, you do need to take actions but you do not need to control every single thing. Most of our controlling needs come from the past and future. We are often chain with the past limitations and uncertainty of future makes us anxious. When you feel fearful or anxious it is time to surrender. Surrendering means to focus on the present moment. You enjoy the beauty around you, you notice color of your desk or drawer, you realize that you are blinking every 2 seconds, you notice location of your tongue, you are aware that you are reading a blog, you realize stars behind the blog pages J
You already surrender every few seconds without realizing it. How? Every time you exhale, you surrender to the Universe knowing that your next breath is waiting for you. You don’t keep your breath inside out of fear that the next breath won’t be there. You have faith that the next breath will be there. That is the faith you need when you surrender.
Sometimes we may not get the results that we want when we let go of things. For example, you are taking a hard class in school and struggling to pass it. Do you keep working hard towards it or do you withdraw? If you withdraw there are consequences such as lost tuition or graduating late or losing financial aid etc. Surrendering in this case is not necessarily withdrawing; it can be trying to relax and enjoying the class. Instead of trying to pass the class, you are surrendering to learning. You can let go of your old studying patterns and learn new ways of approaching the subject. Asking for help is also surrendering.
Sometimes we may find ourselves in suffocating relationships that we are too afraid to let go. We are fearful that we are giving up on people, even worse on ourselves. But it is never giving up, it is only letting go. Let go of people who do not nurture you. Surrender to your bliss. Demanding relationships do not deserve your attention. It is time to let them go.
To let go of old patterns, we can start learning new things. Dancing, kayaking, smiling, complimenting, loving, socializing in different events, reading a new genre of books, or listening to new music, are all different ways of surrendering.
Besides, it is in vain to try to change your circumstance or people around you. When you do not like something, simply let it go. There is no reason to change it. There is only person you can change and that is yourself. You have no power on anyone else. Thankfully, it means nobody has power over you.
Are you ready to surrender? Will you surrender right now? If yes, please repeat the following:
I surrender to the Universe, to the infinite.
I may not know what tomorrow will bring but I know the Sun will shine and it is enough for me.
I let go of the need to control everything.
Universe surprises me in the most blissful way. I look forward to all the presents that present moment brings.
I release my fears (past) and anxiety (future) because I choose to accept the gift of this present moment.