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.
- Full attention.
- Appreciation of life’s richness.
- Opening yourself to what is in front of you.
- Absence of ego.
- 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).