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The Power of Surrender

"Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” – Eckhart Tolle

The ego sees surrender as weakness, or allowing another to dominate or take control, it´s anything but that. True Surrender is the result of consciousness. It reflects awareness that life has its own rhythms, and there is time to move forward, and a time to take a step back in order to see the entire picture clearly and reflect on what the present situation has to teach us.

Coaching Tip Surrender requests awareness of where you are in time and place, in emotions and action, in your life cycle. In the quiet of surrender you can take stock, evaluate what the world is saying to you, what your heart is saying. To surrender, to pause, to accept, may seem like a step back from your course. It is never that. Surrender leaves room for listening and adjustments to your life’s path. To assure you are following your heart and intuition not just your head. Remember what John Lennon said, “life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” To surrender leaves you open to see life’s plan for you.

Action Tip There is no surrender without breath. Oxygen is the key to letting go and finding center, of surrendering. Take a very deep, belly filling breath through your nose and mouth, and slowly exhale through your mouth. Feel the centered energy and the release that comes. On the releasing breath, let out a sigh or low tone from your diaphragm. Do this three times and with each breath feel a warm centered energy fill your belly. Return to breathing normally and take stock of your body, and your surroundings. Step into the next moment envisioning your palms open in surrender.

Presentation Tip When we are scared, excited, nervous, or full of anticipation our heart speeds up, we may sweat and be unable to still our bodies. This is often how we feel before a presentation to colleagues or investors, before taking the stage, or just speaking out loud to strangers. If you check your breathing you may notice that you are holding your breath, or perhaps breathing rapidly and shallowly.

Surrender. Stand still and turn your palms open. Breath. Take three deep cleansing breaths in through your nose and mouth, and out through your mouth. If you are in a comfortable or private place you may want to let out a sigh or low tone sound from your diaphragm. Feel your heart beat slowing and your mind clearing. Feel the warm core of your light in your belly and be confident in the knowledge you have to share. Cleansing oxygen will ready and steady you. When you present, surrender to the experience and let it unfold as it does. Be open to what your audience gives you. Your breath will guide you.


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