I am on my annual silent retreat at the Trappist Monastery. For 10 days, I slowly retreat from the outside world in order to connect both with my inner self and with God. It is a time of reflection, contemplation, prayer and attending the beautiful services which the Monks conduct, seven times a day. I never know what is going to happen and where my journey will take me. But I have learned to surrender and trust the process. The Monks would tell me that it’s not the process I’m trusting, but God. Some of you may wish to call it a higher power. Whatever your belief system, we all have to trust something or somebody.
If we think about surrender, letting go, giving up control- all that is about trust. In our competitive, high stakes world, surrender is often viewed as defeat, disadvantage, maybe even naivete. But in reality, surrendering is an opening up to what you might not see because you have restricted your view. In trusting, you loosen your boundaries and allow other things to enter.
What type of trust am I referring to? Trust in self is the most critical. Trust that you can just Be. Trust that you can handle whatever comes your way. Trust in self means that you are resourceful, resilient, capable and competent. You trust that no matter what, you’ll be ok.
Have you ever surrendered to something, to somebody, to a situation? Did you ever stop trying to control everything and just let the situation play out, safe in the knowledge that often time passes and the situation resolves itself? How did it turn out? I’m sure it wasn’t as bad as you might have imagined.
So, try to surrender a little. And let me know how it goes.