I am feeling immense gratitude this morning for the opportunity the practice of yoga affords each of us to willingly surrender each time we arrive on the mat. Whether it be surrendering worries and troubles by turning the palms up in offering, nestling into the stable embrace of the earth in child’s pose, maintaining equanimity in a difficult posture, or submitting to the breath and body’s demands rather than the needs of the ego, yoga offers us many ways to practice letting go, surrendering to a greater will than our own. In choosing to practice this we perhaps find that this space of surrender becomes a welcome space; a familiar ground for change where we are no longer victims of circumstance, but rather are resolved to embracing life’s way of transforming us. Maybe then when we find our knees have buckled in fear of the unknown or that which we cannot control, or we find ourselves prostrate on the floor in grief, life having whittled us down to a pile of rubble, we can proceed to exist in this space without it feeling like a threat or so uncomfortable that we try to escape. From there, we can trust the process, sit this not-so-comfortable seat with minimal wiggling and writhing, and simply be, knowing what it is to truly let go, to submit to the path and what it has to offer, and to breathe. While the circumstances that drive us into this space of surrender are often painful, they are worthy of our gratitude, for we never leave the space of complete surrender unaltered. May we each find the ability to experience ease and peace in even the most trying situations, and may we be comforted in the knowledge that the tools we need to carry on will always be available to us.
“Surrender is a beautiful movement in which you gracefully, willingly, languidly fall, only to find midway that you have been gathered into some unimaginable embrace. Surrender is letting go, whether or not you believe the embrace will occur. It is trust to the hundredth power–not sticking to your idea of the outcome, but letting go in the faith that even the absence of an outcome will be the perfect solution.”
~Daphne Rose Kingma
Many blessings to each and every one of you,