It’s all about acceptance by Sudha Umashanker

This year’s mantra…. Acceptance and surrender

A very pithy pearl of wisdom that I came across recently reads thus, “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how things are supposed to be.” How true I thought!



Acceptance and surrender

“A Prayer of Surrender”:

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all Your creatures – I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve, and with boundless confidence, For you are my Father. Amen.

Charles de Foucauld

Aka acceptance & surrender… Carry the Cross & the Cross will carry you Today I am reading day 80 of Life Application Study Bible ® Devotion:

Eckhart Tolle on true meaning of surrender

Complete surrender, Eckhart suggests, is a wise approach to the moment, no matter the situation.

Check, observe whether there is any negativity for eg I can’t take this anymore! or whatever thought comes up whenever you feel for eg that you do not want to live anymore, I’ve had enough! is there a resistance pattern that is still egoic? because things are not going the way you wanted them to go? or there may be a kind of tiredness of life, self-perceived existence, situations and so on, a weariness perhaps, whatever it is, I suggest you practice dying, by surrendering completely to the present moment. Don’t demand that this moment should be different, it is what it is, the way it is. Then the ego dies. Instead of committing suicide I highly recommend surrender. Much more effective, die before you die.

Do situations still have the power to induce in you negativity? Do situations still have the power to make you unhappy? Events, situations, people ? is that why you do not want to live anymore? that is not surrender!  Try surrender and see what happens which means no complaint about anything anymore, mental. Complete acceptance of this moment as it is. And even the thought “I don’t want this anymore” is resistance to what is, you don’t need it. So if you feel the pull of death, die now to the mind-made self the ego, allow the ego to die. Complete surrender to what is . And see what happens, you may suddenly find the peace that passes all understanding. It means you’ve died. The go has dissolved.

Eckhart Tolle on the writing of 14th-century mystic Thomas à Kempis, sharing timeless wisdom to overcome the obstacles to spiritual awakening.

Suffering as it arises = accept what is and give up resisatnce

You suffer and willingly , comletely accept what is, not accept the idea of illness, accept simply whatever you feel at this moment, bring acceptance to it. This frees you from the world of form: this is a miracle!

Surrender means accepting whatever arises.

Thomas a Kempis says “if you accept, then the  cross carries you! you do not carry the cross anymore!”

The suffering turns around and becomes an opening in the realm of the transcendent through surrender. That is the lesson of the human on the cross who says ” not my will but thy will be done”.

What I Know for Sure About Certainty By Elizabeth Gilbert

This is a profound teaching: IMPERMANENCE! also ……….. surrender.

Absolute certainty is not something I strive for anymore. I’ve learned the hard way that destiny usually looks upon our most strident convictions with amusement, or perhaps even pity. (Oh, those silly humans! So desperate for their absolutes!) Sometimes it seems like the only job of the world is to gently (or not so gently) separate us from our deepest assurances, exposing us once again to that ultimate moral teaching tool: humility.
Of course, it’s not always a pleasant experience to have our certainties stripped away. Sureness is something like a neck brace, which we clamp around our lives, hoping to somehow protect ourselves from the frightening, constant whiplash of change. Sadly, the brace doesn’t always hold. I could list for you a tragicomic litany of all the things I was once mistakenly completely certain about, and I’m sure you can do the same. Maybe you, too, were once absolutely sure that you’d found your great love, or your final best friend, or the perfect mentor, meditation, or medication that would—once and for all—never fail you. And then? Slowly, it seems, we are not so sure after all. Such is our slippery toehold here on Earth, and so it has always been.

Perhaps it is for this reason that the people we instinctively turn to in times of trouble are those who—we sense—have made space within their convictions for doubt and mystery. Compassion grows best, it appears, in the soft spots beneath quiet surrender. So I try very hard to go easy on the firm conclusions. These days I settle for feeling only 85 percent sure about most things, most of the time. I believe this is keeping me sane, and I also believe that it’s keeping me human. In fact, I’m 85 percent sure of it.

Jeff Foster talks about Depression