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.

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


Magdalena J.
Alice L.1 years ago

Thank you!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Miranda Parkinson

"Go with the flow!"

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

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.....

Shiyue Tao
Shiyue Tao4 years ago

thank you

Rosie Jolliffe
Rosie Lopez4 years ago

thank u

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Saade P.
Saade P.4 years ago

Informative blog…

Cheryl I.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

great article