I decided to just surrender
What does the word, ‘SURRENDER’ mean to you? I never truly understood what it meant until recently when I had a breakthrough moment.
Some definitions imply that there is weakness or ‘quitting’ involved when we choose to surrender something, which I guess is why most of us don’t do it.
I have been feeling unsettled of late, with a feeling in my gut that pushing and trying to make things work just wasn’t getting the results I ‘should have’ been getting. My body started to feel tense and I was clenching my jaw.
At the same time, I have been getting intuitive nudges (through things I’m reading, and conversations with clients) that the answer to getting better results is more about BEING than DOING.
Don’t get me wrong: we still need to be taking action to get things done, but there is huge leverage in taking action that has come from INSPIRATION, as opposed to acting out of OBLIGATION.
So I decided to listen to those nudges and I declared to my intuition: “YOU take the reigns. I am going to fully surrender to the intelligence and knowledge you have. I’m going to be open to hearing what you have to say. I’m going to lean in the direction that you are calling me from … and THEN I’m going to act.”
It felt so good; so right!
Here’s what I learned:
#1 My body actually thanked me – the tension in my jaw subsided and my body felt like it had let out a very big, ‘SIGH’.
#2 My mind stopped trying to work everything out for me.
Being one of those ‘in your head’ people for most of my life, it can be challenging to get my mind to step back from it’s ‘job’ of keeping me safe (One day I’ll tell you the story of how it kept me awake at night for over 10 years!).
The great thing about your brain is that it’s easily trainable, so if you can give it enough evidence to believe, it will come to the party. The more I could ‘prove’ to my brain that surrendering was working, the less it felt the need to take charge of things. The result: more awareness and less inner-chatter.
#3 I felt more calm – like I didn’t have to push anymore and that if I remained open I’d hear what I was to do next. I loved feeling like, ‘I’ve got this’, rather than, ‘I have no idea of what I’m supposed to be doing…or even where to start!’.
I’d love to know how you define, ‘surrender’, or if you have ever given something over to God, the universe, your intuition, your Higher Self (whatever you identify with).
Let me know in the comments.
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