Today I will be discussing the invitation to surrender and the graces that come with engaging in this practice.
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Now….for the real blog……This morning as I was engaged in my daily meditation practice, I was invited into a new spiritual practice – a practice that is not foreign, or unknown to me but not where Spirit regularly leads me. The practice? SURRENDER. I was invited to visualize, one-by-one, everything in my life that is currently causing me anxiety, worry, stress, anger, frustration, impatience, sorrow, etc. I was then invited to imagine myself taking each item into my hands and reaching my hands to the heavens, I was invited to give each item, one-by-one into the hands of God.
As you can imagine, being smack dab in the middle of a divorce, there are A LOT of things to put into God’s hands. As I sat with this invitation, I saw all the current worries and concerns, like a parade, line up in front of me: financing on a house, waiting for news on the offer I put in on a house, my kids and their grieving process, my own grief, trying to maintain an amicable relationship with my soon to be ex-husband, money, remodeling projects in the house I’m trying to buy, healthcare, insurance, taxes, etc. etc. etc. And to add insult to injury…..life does not stop just because you are getting a divorce….so, add to the list the everyday things like paying bills, feeding the family, laundry, kids’ activities, work, my husband’s travel, ailing and aging parents, sisters getting married, etc. etc. etc. The line of worries in front of me seemed to be endless. However, I accepted the invitation to take each one of those worries into my hands, then lifted them up to the heavens and visualized the loving hands of God reaching down and taking them from me – one by one. The amazing thing, is that I actually started feeling better. I had a sense of relief as I let go of each of these concerns and I felt lighter, less burdened, more free. A peaceful calm began to fill those places within that I had previously filled with my worry. Giving it back to God gave me peace, relief and I found I could relax more fully into the busy day ahead.
Surrender is a spiritual practice espoused in every spiritual tradition and emphasized in recovery and grief work. In the practice of surrender, we (in theistic terms) LET GO AND LET GOD or more simply put….we get the heck out of the way so that the peace and contentment that is our original nature can find its way into our life. When we cling to our worries, anxieties, frustrations, resentments, etc. there is no room for the peace that is our truest nature to be experienced or for the healing we need in our grief, frustration or impatience to take place. If we wish to be restored to this place of peaceful contentment, the only way there is to surrender and in that surrender, to trust that there is a Divine Source of healing that can handle all the worry we throw at them!
So, my invitation for you today is to invite the spiritual practice of surrender into your own life:
- What are your current sources of worry, anxiety, frustration, sorrow, grief, anger, etc.
- Take each of those items into your hands one by one
- One by one, give each of those items to God
- Allow yourself to experience the peace and freedom of surrender!
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