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Surrendering to Uncertainty

Embracing Uncertainty - A Meditative Exercise:

Much human energy is taken up in the pursuit of feeling safe.

Modern human beings have long been conditioned to take measures to avert disaster and insure against tragedy.

Covid-19 has forced us into a situation of undeniable uncertainty.

Many courses of action which would normally have brought peace of mind do not seem to fit current circumstances. They feel inadequate and so we face the discomfort of uncertainty.

This is a unique opportunity to address how we survive such conditions.

What if we saw it as an invitation?

Ekhart Tolle teaches

“Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.”

He teaches us to become present. Imagine that you are an outsider landing in your own body, your life, your particular set of circumstances anew. All of it is brand new and therefore all learnings and concepts built from past experience mean nothing because you are new here. Ideas of the future are constructed from past experiences and therefore have no relevance here either.

The only thing you know is the present moment.

What you feel right now.

What are your current needs? Pretty basic?

Is there anything in the present moment that poses a problem right now?

You can either do something about it or surrender. Those are the only choices.

Of course, there are measures we can take to reduce risks but there is a strong case for surrendering to what remains.

When we rage against the machine, we use much of our energy. It is like pushing really hard against a brick wall which will not move. It is exhausting!

Surrendering to uncertainty is a beautiful thing.

We can feel OK when we remove our triggers; but true healing takes place when our triggers are present and yet we are still OK.

Uncertainty is a trigger for most of us. If we can foster some kind of peace here, it becomes a superpower.

Then our being OK does not simply depend on the environment. We can be OK whatever happens!

Try this:

Sit quietly in a safe place.

Breathe deeply and effortlessly.

Follow the air right down to the bottom of your lungs and notice how the letting go of it encourages a letting go of the tension in your body.

Become aware of that tension as it begins to ebb away.

Now become aware of the four walls of the room you are sitting in.

Then the ceiling and the floor.

Take your awareness to your energy body, sometimes referred to as personal space.

Your aura.

Now bring your attention to your physical body.

Any tension that you have been or are still holding in your body carries communication about your wellbeing.

Thank your body for this communication.

Let it know that you are listening.

Become entirely conscious and aware of the present moment without the interruption of thought.

When your mind tries to take over, thank it, but bring your awareness back to the present.

Become entirely present in your body in this moment.

It is all you have.

Nothing else exists.

What are your needs?

Is action needed right now in this very moment?

Or can you surrender?

Practise the art of surrendering entirely to what is and feel the peace that it affords you.

The peace of not having to worry.

Not having to think or analyse.

The peace of letting go of everything but your awareness of this moment.

Now your energy can be used for other things.

Take a few moments to enjoy the sensation.

Now slowly bring yourself back to full awareness with a renewed sense calm acceptance

knowing that you have the power to surrender to uncertainty. .

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