100 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom Day 9 — The Wisdom in Surrendering to What Is

Wisdom Day 9

The Wisdom in Surrendering to What Is

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“I detach myself from preconceived outcomes and trust that all is well. Being myself allows the wholeness of my unique magnificence to draw me in those directions most beneficial to me and to all others. This is really the only thing I have to do. And within that framework, everything that is truly mine comes into my life effortlessly, in the most magical and unexpected ways imaginable, demonstrating every day the power and love of who I truly am.”

~Anita Moorjani, Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing~

[revised 9/30/2012]


Today’s Wisdom focuses on the power of surrender.

So much of our daily human experience is bombarded with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual drains and perceived attacks on our well-being. From the moment we wake up until we lay down at night (or just pass out from pure exhaustion) we’re “ON”. We’re expected it to know it all, do it all and to be plugged in 24/7/365 to get it done … like yesterday!

And we’re always working towards some goal, heading toward some destination, trying to accomplish some task or to make something work (a job, a relationship, a desired outcome). We plan with the information we have at that time. The problem is, we never (and I mean ever) have all of the information. In Christian parlance, even at our best we only see through the glass darkly.

So we’re on high alert, trying to please “him”, satisfy “her”, impress “them”. All of that pleasing keeps us on edge as we play various roles, prepared to fight the good fight or to abort the mission altogether and run like hell to escape.

But our bodies are not wired to remain for an extended length of time under “stress-producing” conditions arising in a fight or flight response, intended only to be a short-term acute reaction to fear-producing stimuli. That physiological response to perceived threats has a sound basis in our evolution. But worrying about whether you’d get trampled by a wooly mammoth is one thing; stressing all day everyday over a parking space or a taxi or whether others are judging you for being you is something entirely different.

Some things genuinely do require our full attention, to be sure. But worry is not attention (not the productive kind, anyway); it’s a distraction and an energy drain. And it takes a toll physically, emotionally and, yes, spiritually. Continue reading