Surrender: to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.
Remember when you were a child you might have thought along the lines of, When I get to be [insert age older than current age]. Then when you got a bit older, thinking of post high school, you might have told yourself, When I graduate. When I get married. When I have kids. When I get a house. When I get divorced. When I get a new job. When I retire. Or insert whatever it was you desired.
Life as bullet train. Destination? Death! And yet, people rarely say, “When I’m dead.”
But that is essentially what all the forward thinking, the wishing, the being in our minds into the future, not right now, is what we’re saying.
The ultimate surrender is surrendering while we’re still alive. Living as if in a dream-like state but fully aware.
When people have anxiety attacks, they are guided to get into the now. Return to all the senses. What are you hearing? Can you smell anything? Focus on an object. What can you focus on to take your mind off the thought causing the anxiety right this minute?
Use “I am” statements. I am writing this blog post now. I am eating now. I am at work now. I am doing the dishes now. Then give in to that moment completely. Savour the food. Look at the dishes, examine their form. Look at that tree, the bark, the leaves, the branches, the colour, texture, the moss up its trunk. It’s a really difficult challenge.
If we are wise, this is the kind of surrender that COVID has forced upon us. The acceptance of what is, no matter how much we might wish for a different reality. No matter how much we yearn for the imagined future.
I recall being in a meditation class about 4 years ago and someone said, Every time I try to meditate my neighbour turns on their stereo too loudly, drops something, bangs on something, and I begin to focus on the sounds and I become really agitated.
The teacher said, “Incorporate the sound. Find a way to incorporate the sounds into your meditation. To acknowledge them and fold them in.”
That was a revelation to me. I had never considered folding in the problem as the solution.
Acceptance is the fastest way to move through something.
There has never been a better time to go all Eckhart Tolle.
It has now been a year, March 27, 2020, since COVID arrived. I thought I’d share a few posts, I wrote at the beginning: