Surrendering to Stillness.
“In the place of stillness, rises potential. From the place of potential, emerges possibility. Where there is possibility, there is choice. And where there is choice, there is freedom.”
~ Gabriella Goddard
We’ve all had them, those days in which the moments seem to fly at us far too quickly—causing us, at times, to metaphorically reach our hands forward in hopes of finding that big, cosmic ‘pause’ button.
These are the days which may leave us feeling most disconnected, drained and discouraged. And, these are the days that often challenge us the most.
And on these such days, as it sometimes often is, we may feel the inclination to hide ourselves, and tuck away again—retreating to the safety and comfort of our own cozy beds.
And as we peer out through the smallest break in our sheets, a little voice may rise up from deep within us—pleading with this universe, to just and very simply, “Please go away, just for today.”
But that trickster, self-doubt, will find his way through even the smallest of breaks—causing us to stop right there in our tracks, and question, “Am I really able to do this, just me on my own?”
These are the days we need most to surrender—to find a way to soften and bend, to fall into that space where our minds can most rest again.
And yet, in these moments, we are often ‘frozen’ in this space of resistance and fear. In not knowing our ‘way forward,’ we may find that we don’t move at all. We are afraid to do, so we don’t do at all. Instead, we grip on for dear life to those little things that maybe don’t matter most of all.
If only, we might simply just let it all go—we might find, that surrendering is one of the most beautifully empowering things we can ever do. And, in this act of letting go, we may find a freedom we’ve not ever known.
So, how do we find the bliss of our own inner stillness?
Step One: Breathe.
The first step in any and all things, is always just to breathe. To take that one moment to pause—to shut off this world and all of the stuff in it. And in doing so, you may find that your breath is that one constant that will carry you through—even when the chaos might threaten to engulf us all. Your breath connects directly and straight through to your heart—in breathing in, you find a comfort…and in breathing out, your hope is restored again.
So, as you peek out from beneath that crack in your bed, remember to take that one single moment, to breathe—and as you breath, learn to let it all go, again.
Step Two: Be still and learn to become one with your own stillness.
“When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
Let your stillness become your sanctuary, your blissful retreat. Fall into it, and find your most perfect center. Become the ‘eye’ of your own inner storm and in doing so reconnect your mind with your spirit once again.
Let your stillness find you, and when it finds you—feel it. In doing so, you’ll find that your own inner quiet, is greater than any outside forces.
Step Three: Let go.
When did letting go become such a God-awful thing to do? And when did letting go become such a great sign of weakness, or shame?
To surrender does not mean we are ‘giving up’ or ‘giving in’—rather, it means that we are making a choice to meet life exactly where it is.
So, loosen up that ‘death grip’—on all those things that are bothering you most. I promise you, your letting go will go mostly unnoticed in the faster pace of this more crazier world.
And I doubt that you’ll be labeled a weakling or wimp, because, surrendering isn’t about giving in—rather, it’s more about knowing most when to let go.
But, greater still is this learning—an understanding, that sometimes it’s not always the what, but rather, the who we need to surrender to most of all.
So take a moment in your day today, to feel this bliss of your own inner stillness. Find your freedom, if even in the smallest of things.
Because, in this greater process of letting it all go, you might just win it all back in the end.
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Ed: Bryonie Wise