HOW LETTING GO IS THE KEY TO POSITIVE CHANGE
Eckhart Tolle teaches, that when you completely surrender to this moment you’re opened to the unconditioned consciousness that is infinitely greater than the human mind.
Call it god, or spirit, or the universe, this vast intelligence has your back.
That is why, by letting go of inner resistance, you often find circumstances change for the better.
Here’s a story of a monkey who struggled because of inner resistance and how he could’ve changed circumstances for the better if he’d just let go.
A peanut farmer is trying to catch this monkey because he’s stealing his peanuts.
The farmer ties a coconut to a tree with a small hole in the center it (just big enough to fit the monkey’s hand) and some peanuts inside.
The monkey comes along, sticks his hand in the coconut to retrieve the peanuts and holds them in his fist.
Since his fist with the peanuts was bigger than the hole in the coconut, he could not get his hand out and was stuck. Naturally, he gets very upset and begins running around the tree trying to pull his hand out and escape.
If the monkey wasn’t so preoccupied with resisting his circumstance, he would’ve recognized that he had a choice at that moment: keep holding on the the peanuts and stay trapped or, open his hand and let go of the peanuts, so that he would be able to remove it from the coconut and run free.
So often we hold on to our well-established patterns of doing, feeling, and thinking even when they cause struggling or are somehow destructive in our lives.
But with the practice of surrender:
- we are wide open to reality.
- we can listen and learn without conflict and fighting back.
- we are receptive to life, not antagonistic.
It’s important to know the capacity to accept reality must not be conceived of passively but in an active sense of opening to reality to work with it.
Psychiatrist Harry Tiebout states, “It is in the area of resistance that an understanding of surrender sheds the greatest light on the therapeutic process.”
In my program Make Peace with Stress, I teach that often, modern stress is simply resistance to what is happening in the moment.
The practice of surrender, ishvarapranidhana, the practice of meeting resistance with openness and working through it, are the everyday tasks of therapy for stress.
Here are 3 everyday circumstances to practice surrender:
Check out how I can guide and support you in implementing this life-changing practice every day with ease through my online program Make Peace with Stress.
NOW YOU TELL ME, WHAT’S AN AREA OF RESISTANCE IN YOUR LIFE? WHAT CHANGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE? HOW WOULD SURRENDER HELP YOU OPEN TO AND WORK WITH YOUR REALITY? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.
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