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The Power of Surrender

The Power of Surrender

What if you’re stuck in the mud? Does surrender mean you just have to accept being stuck there? Eckhart Tolle clarifies a common misconception about the power of surrender here.

Surrender is a purely inner phenomenon. It does not mean that on the outer level you cannot take action and change the situation. In fact, it is not the overall situation that you need to accept when you surrender, but just the tiny segment called the Now.

If you were stuck in the mud somewhere, you wouldn‘t say, “Okay, I resign myself to being stuck in the mud.” Resignation is not surrender. You don’t need to accept an undesirable or unpleasant life situation. Nor do you need to deceive yourself and say that there is nothing wrong with being stuck in the mud. No. You recognize fully that you want to get out of it. You then narrow your attention down to the present moment without mentally labeling it in any way. This means that there is no judgment of the Now. Therefore, there is no resistance, no emotional negativity. You accept the “isness” of this moment. Then you take action and do all you can to get out of the mud. Such action is called positive action. It is far more effective than negative action, which arises out of anger, despair, or frustration.

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Adapted from The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Eckhart Tolle. Reprinted by permission of New World Library.
Adapted from The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library, 1999).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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1:33AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Thank you :)

6:50PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thanks Annie

3:02AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Letting others go is to set one free

7:51PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Another word for real freedom!!!

1:24AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Thank you :)

12:15AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

thanks for sharing

6:23AM PST on Nov 4, 2012


11:40AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

thanks for sharing

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6:57AM PDT on May 21, 2012

Surrender is the first step to inner peace.

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