Ishvara Pranidhana: Learning to Surrender

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

Sometimes the bravest thing we can do is soften into the experience of darkness, move into the unknown and allow life to just unfold just as it is.

Surrendering to the ebb and flow of life and allowing each action to be fuelled by pure enjoyment rather than desire allows us to be completely free from that feeling of restriction or pressure and gives us back power and control over our lives. Forcing a plan out of something we love only takes away the reason why we fell in love with it in the first place.

Surrendering to something bigger than ourselves is one of the 8 limbs of Yoga, and it is a way that we can release pressure from our minds and free ourselves from feeling responsible for everything that happens to us. Whether we believe in a God, energy, or don't believe in anything at all - it doesn't matter. To surrender simply means to sit back and allow life to happen in the way that it is going to happen anyway but without guilt, shame, or judgement.

To surrender means to release control and strain from our minds and our bodies and it is one of the most powerful practices in the world. Notice how shifting your perspective of a situation from control to surrendering the outcome to something bigger than yourself can change your state of consciousness in a moment.

5 months ago I moved to South Korea, an unfamiliar land and I had no idea what would happen. As I sat on the plane I felt a sense of knowing, a sense of freedom and a sense that whatever was going to happen was going to benefit me in some way spiritually, mentally, and physically and I was right. I will always be right with this attitude because once we surrender to the fact that negative or positive experiences are both equally beneficial we can never be wrong.

A positive experience will help us to see the beauty in life. It will help us to keep faith, give us energy and impact others in a positive way. A positive experience is something we all seek, but the only reason why a positive experience feels good is because we have had negative experiences to compare them with. Once we sit in positivity there is no need for us to grow. We don't need to move forward in our lives because we are safe and comfortable. Though this is good for some time, after a while we would become stagnant and our desire for life would slowly get less and less.

Human nature is balance. Masculine and feminine energies. Yin and Yang. Without the struggle and the darkness we would not feel the warmth and the light. Once we surrender to this fact and allow the shadow aspects of our lives to unravel as they should naturally, we can begin to move forward into the softer edges with more strength, passion and appreciation. Small things become more beautiful and our small actions slowly change the world.

Changing ourselves first is vital to living a truthful life and helping others. Taking care of ourselves by embracing our shadows and loving them better can allow us to release the fear of not doing or being enough and allow the messages that need to come through to come naturally and simply because it is the right thing to do. Not to get recognition or fame, but instead to genuinely help people to better themselves by deepening their understanding of their bodies and their minds.

We live in beautiful times where we can access information that not long ago was only available to a select few. Now we can discover and use these practices to help us on our path and help us to live out our Dharma or life's purpose. I genuinely believe we are all here to help humanity to reach a new level of consciousness in some way or form. I believe that we all have a unique purpose on this earth and to connect with this and live with joy we need to first clear ourselves of past trauma, stress, limiting beliefs and anything that doesn't fill us with an innate feeling of peacefulness. One of the ways to do this is to surrender to the natural process of life, in all of its forms.

Until next time,

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