Inner Peace Practice: Surrender

Surrender by Arjuna Ardagh
Reprinted with Permission. Copyright 2009.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY ***

At any time of the day
But especially when things are not going well,
Release control.
And hand it all over to the divine.
Just take your hands off the steering wheel.
When you made a reservation at a restaurant but find there is
no table for you,
You want to argue.
Instead, surrender.
Find another restaurant.
Surrender not with resignation,
But with trust:
The trust that the divine takes perfect care of you.

When my two sons were still quite small, I used to take them to the amusement park. There was a ride for very young children: a small train on a winding track, with a separate vehicle for each child. One vehicle was a duck, one was a small car, one was a steam engine, and one was a small airplane. Each vehicle was attached to the next, and each one had a steering wheel. The whole procession went extremely slowly. Despite the fact that they were following a track, each child would vigorously steer to the left or the right, like a race car driver. Occasionally, the train would actually go in the direction they were steering. Other times, they would be steering with great energy to the left as the whole procession was going to the right.

Naturally, sometimes they would get upset and confused, but of course the whole thing was on a track-it didn’t matter which way my young sons steered, or indeed if they steered at all. The train would go where it was destined to go, and that was that.

We put a great deal of our energy into trying to control the outcome of our life, steering this way or that with great energy. Sometimes, we have the insight that it makes very little difference. Our train, too, is on tracks; it is going where it is going. This insight is simply called surrender. At first we surrender cautiously, just a little bit at a time. Lo and behold, things go much better than we could ever have planned them. So we surrender some more, and with bigger things. And they go even better.

Something or someone is taking care of things, driving the
train, with intelligence, grace, and humor. We do not know their e-mail address or cell number to thank them. But we can let go, trust, and enjoy the ride.

By Arjuna Ardagh.

Reprinted with Permission. Copyright 2009.

If you’d like to learn more about Arjuna Ardagh, visit: HERE.

Arjuna is my guest for Conversations with the Masters in April 2010.

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