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Surrender Is…

Surrender Is…

Most people think of surrender as a difficult, if not impossible, act. It connotes surrender to God, which few except the most saintly seem to manage. It’s much easier to do the surrendering on your own accord and let God show up if he wants to.

Surrender is:

  • Full attention.
  • Appreciation of life’s richness.
  • Opening yourself to what is in front of you.
  • Non-judgment.
  • Absence of ego.
  • Humility.
  • Being receptive to all possibilities.
  • Allowing love.

Open yourself up to a Rembrandt or Monet painting, which is after all as glorious a piece of creation as there is. Pay full attention to it. Appreciate the depth of the image and the care in its execution. Open yourself up to what is in front of you rather than allowing yourself to be distracted. Don’t judge in advance that you have to like the painting because you’ve been told it’s great. Don’t force yourself to respond because it makes you look smart or sensitive. Let the painting be the center of your focus, which is the essence of humanity. Be receptive to any reaction you may have. If all these steps of surrender are present, then a great Rembrandt or Monet will evoke love because the artist is simply there in all his naked humanity.

In the presence of such humanity, surrender isn’t difficult.

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Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2004).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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2:17AM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

Thank you!

1:25AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Thank you :)

12:31AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

"Go with the flow!"

12:48AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

I find it totally natural to surrender to the beauty of an oil painting of great beauty.

However, when doors keep closing for you, when you feel as if you have lost direction, when your savings are drying up, when your choices don't bring you business success as they have in the past, when your support base is on the other side of the world, that's when you experience "the dark night of the soul" and you admit to yourself that we are not in charge - you spread your arms wide open and surrender. You ask for guidance and you listen with an open heart.....

7:48AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

thank you

1:16PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

thank u

10:42AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012


9:00AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Informative blog…

11:24AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:01AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

great article

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