According to Webster’s Dictionary, surrender is an act of yielding or resigning your life or the possession of something into the power of another; to give up or to yield to the influence, passion, or power of another. No matter how good meditation and contemplative prayer may be, they are not ends in themselves.

Do we choose the path of resistance or the path of surrender?

Of course we all want to believe that we are living a surrendered life. The truth is, however, that resistance in some shape or form is the ego’s habitual response. When faced with the events and circumstances of life – good or bad, the ego always seems to want them to be something other than they are. Perhaps we don’t want them to be happening at all, or maybe we want to change them in some way. Possibly these events don’t conform to our expectations of how things should be, so we try any one of a number of strategies to deal with the dissonance. We could simply ignore and deny the reality of life, or perhaps we push back and fight against what we don’t want to accept. More subtly, we can sometimes try to manipulate things, so as to make them more to our liking. The path of the mystic on the other hand is one of total surrender to life. We could think of it as the path of absolute abandonment to the present moment.

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