The Art of Surrender

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 16

The truth is, January and February have felt hard. I’ve been struggling, friends, despite the good news that’s come my way and the creative dreams coming to light. My morning ritual slipped a bit, and that did not help matters. I was ignoring my body with the exception of sleep, and that didn’t help either. So after sitting with this funk for almost two months, I’ve begun to dust myself off. I’m back to my morning pages. And I’m back on the mat. I am learning the art of surrender.

Surrender_rsLearning the Art of Surrender by Kip Mazu

If you want to learn surrender,
then the next time
you are caught out in the rain
without a raincoat or umbrella,
rather than run for shelter,
allow yourself to get wet.

You will be very aware
of the resistance to getting wet,
that instinctual urge
to run for shelter,
the sense of ‘me’
that wants to protect itself.

This is what
must be surrendered
in order to stay out in the rain.

When this resistance
is surrendered,
and you allow yourself
to fully feel the experience
of being soaked,
then there is a sense of freedom
from yourself that carries with it
a sense of deep
unfathomable peace.

It has nothing to do
with liking the rain
or not liking the rain.

Rather, it is letting go
of the one that likes
or doesn’t like,
the one that separates
itself from the rain in the first place.

And when you do that
you are simply left
with what is.

There is no you
and what is,
there is simply what is.

And the experience
of what is
is peace,
is delight.

It is completely
open and vulnerable
and complete
in itself.

If you apply
this experience
of being in the rain
to any situation,
any emotion,
then there will be
incredible freedom.

It has nothing to do
with the particular experience,
rather it is about
letting go of the one
that separates itself
from experience,
letting go of the one
that tries to control
the experience.

Because it is that separation
that creates all conflict.

16 Responses

  1. playcrane says:

    I am right there with ya. And you are so right. Back to yoga and morning pages. Wish I had a magic wand to get this book chapter written!

    XO Jodi

  2. Mindy says:

    sending love and light! beautiful words and reminder. I know I’ll need them someday! xo

  3. Siobhan Wolf says:

    Glad you’re getting back on track. Thank you for sharing this lovely poem. It is a gem.

  4. Sarah says:

    Trying to channel your art of surrender vibes, beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. maria says:

    i adore these words

  6. What a wonderful poem! It’s funny how little things like that come along at just the right time. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy getting back to the mat. I need to do more of that myself.

  7. ayala says:

    Lovely thoughts!

  8. Debie Grace says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful writing. Thank you for reminding me that surrendering isn’t that bad. I need this now. Perfect timing. Thank you again <3

  9. Rhianne says:

    I’ve really struggled with these past few months too, I definitely needed to read this, thank you.

    Also, I missed your good news, I don’t know how, but congratulations on Artful Blogging and Uppercase, how exciting!!

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