“Try something different. Surrender.”~ Rumi
Today, our lives have gotten into a routine. Looking at ourselves, we are emulating the machines around us pretty much. We have fallen into a fixed routine, cyclic and sometimes mind-numbing. Things which really do not fall into that routine is specially reserved only for “vacations”. Since the time we wake up, getting to work either at home or office, managing our kids, doing groceries, going out and meeting friends, errands or even be it going to temples – unfortunately we have made it a routine. Even while we fold our hands in prayer – we are doing it as a practice and most of the times without being in that prayer. This is how our environment, the things we use have manifested in us. It is totally true that we become what surrounds us. We are surrounded by mechanical things most of our time and we tend to become machines as well. It is amazing that we do not realise it, even when we realise it partly – we can only complain. It is hardly a moment we think of getting out of it. Because getting out of it for us, is still very very physical. We want to run away from what we are doing, get out of our present duties and be in a carefree place. That for us is freedom and we hanker for that.
Surrender to who you are and not what you want to be.
The actual fact is that, you can still do everything you have to do being in society – but with a difference. The difference is not physical but internal. The difference is acceptance and not dissidence. The minute you accept who you are, accept your surroundings and realise you can still do what you really want to, it changes not just you – but everything around you, the way you see it. The minute you see everything different, eventually it changes too. The more you fight the environment, the more deeper it gets as you get bogged down. We have to rise above it. The way to rise is to surrender. Surrender is not a negative, it is an act of giving up – but doing it consciously. It is about acceptance. Accepting what comes our way. Acceptance leads to satisfaction, satisfaction leads to lesser expectation and that in turn leads to gratitude and hence the giving up of your resistance to life naturally. It is wonderful what surrender can lead us to. When we surrender internally to our soul, and listen to only what our soul tells us – the mind and heart disappear. It does take time, but when the mind and heart disappear into our soul what is left is the pure you. Surrender to your true nature, surrender to who you are and not what you want to be. You can do this, by still doing what you do, only that it makes life truly beautiful. This life, make it as beautiful as you can, be different, surrender to yourself.