― Eckhart Tolle
There is strength in surrendering. To surrender does not mean to waive the white flag and give up. It means that we have had enough of the struggle, and it is time to allow what is, so that we can move forward.
The definition of surrender is to cease resistance. We cannot be in the flow if we are in a state of resistance.
Think of a stream in a forest. Pure clean water flows down the mountain freely. At some point the stream becomes clogged with branches, rocks, and leaves. This debris provides resistance to the free flowing water, and it begins to pool. The stagnant pool becomes dark as leaves decay and more debris gets caught. There may be just a trickle as the water tries to continue down its path. If we clear the debris and remove the resistance, the water clears and flows freely once again.
[caption id="attachment_37" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Observing a stream during meditation.[/caption]The same is true of our own energy. We may be happily floating along when all of a sudden we come upon some debris (past hurts or worries of the future). Our energy becomes blocked, and we find it hard to move forward with even our most mundane daily tasks. More debris piles up and we feel overwhelmed.
How can we unclog the stream and step back into the flow? The answer is in surrender. We must let go of what we are holding onto. Let go of the thoughts and stories that are blocking us from moving forward.
The Law of Attraction states that we attract everything (whether we perceive it as good or bad) in our lives. "Ask and ye shall receive", but how does the Law of Attraction really work? We can go around wishing for our problems to disappear all we want, but rarely does that happen. In order for the Universe to move in our favor, we must be specific about what we really want and we must phrase it in a positive way.
For example, if we say to ourselves, "I don't want any more debt", inevitably we will get more debt. The Universe doesn't hear the "don't". Instead, it hears "I want more debt", so that's what you get, with a bonus helping of anxiety, fear, and worry. If we phrase it as "I want to be financially independent", the Universe starts listening.
But it's not that easy. In order for the Law of Attraction to work, we must not only ask for what we want with positive phrasing, but we must also raise the vibration of the emotion that is attached to the wanting in order to receive it.
If we continue to live with feelings of fear and anxiety, we will only get more fear and anxiety, and we get stuck. We have to make a conscious choice to surrender to our current situation and change our attitude about it. Easier said than done, for sure. It takes work.
In order to change our attitude, we have to change our physical state of being. Anything that brings our attention to the present moment helps get us out of our head and into the body. That's where the present moment lives. There is no worry or regret in the present. Those things live in the past or the future, and they do not exist in this moment. When we realize that they are not real, we can gain clarity and peace. This allows us to begin to see the clear path before us.
Moving the body is a great way to get energy flowing and connect with the present moment. Yoga connects us with the breath, moves the body, and calms the mind. Once energy starts to move within the body, we can become more clear about where we are and where we want to be. So, how do we get there?
Get unstuck by asking yourself two questions:
1. What do I want more of in my life?
2. How will I feel once I get it?
By asking what we want more of in our lives, this steers us clear from the negative phrasing to which we normally default. Instead, we present ourselves an open-ended question that is full of possibilities.
The second question helps us prepare for receiving what we have asked for. Take a moment to sit with the idea that you have already received what you want. How does it feel?
Create a vision board that contains images, words, and doodles of all the things you would like to see pop up in your life. It doesn't have to be fancy. It could be as simple as a post-it that you place somewhere you will see it every day. As you look over your vision board, ask yourself how you feel about what you see.
[caption id="attachment_38" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My current vision board.[/caption]While you are waiting for your dreams to manifest, take some time to journal about all the things in life for which you are grateful. Expressing gratitude will not only raise your emotional vibration, but it will allow you to see that there are already so many wonderful things in your life. It will show you that maybe things really aren't as awful as they seem right now. Most importantly, it will show you that you are worthy of receiving anything your heart desires. So go ahead, start asking.
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