What does it mean to surrender? To become defenseless and to accept what is as it is, is one way to describe surrender.
The act of surrender leads to a wonderful shift in perspective and energy as a person goes from being defensive and demanding to defenseless and accepting. It is the difference between working with a situation and working against a situation, often times working against yourself in the process.
During meditation, you may find yourself having thoughts that cause tension in the body, defensive mechanisms are at work. Demanding yourself to relax may work for a quick fix however; learning to surrender will give you a lasting peace and deeper sense of openness to “what is” right in front of you, within you, here and now.
Below is a short guided meditation for releasing thoughts that produce tension in the body and surrendering to “what is”, being with “what is”.
· Sit and be comfortable.
· Start with a deep breathe in, breathe slowly until your lungs are full and you cannot get any more air in… then slowly release the breath. As you exhale, send away all thoughts, feel yourself breathing freely.
· Continue breathing slowly and deeply for a period of 5 minutes, focus your attention as much as you can on your breathing.
· As you sit, allowing thoughts to rise, allow your attention to turn to your body, do you sense any tension? Where is it? What are you thinking?
· Breath into this thought or thought process, inhale deeply and fully.
· Exhale slowly as you release the thought and allow the tension to dissolve from your body.
Stay with this practice for several days, write about your experiences. Reflect on surrender and feel for tension as you are releasing. Being “in the moment” occurs naturally with ease when we are in a state of surrender.
The reward of practice is health and balance.