Do you pick a word for the year?
Many people do. They pick a word that they choose to focus on and explore throughout the year. Personally I prefer to call them intentions rather than ‘words’, but the (lol) ‘intention’ is all the same.
My word for 2017 has been Surrender.
Last year, 2016, my word was ‘Release’. I even developed a 30 day program about it and led several women (and one man) through the online group program with such mind blowing results. But even after all that something was still in resistance. This is how ‘Surrender’ was born into being my intention (for its really much more than ‘just a word’) for 2017.
Surrender has proven to be bigger than I ever imagined when I set out. See after ‘release’ I expected great miracles to occur. A thought that by its very inception created resistance in the manner of force-by-expectation.
Surrender is absolutely letting the chips fall where they may, knowing they fell EXACTLY as they were meant to, to serve my highest good, even if that meant not fulfilling my perceived wants. See what I NEEDED is often much different than what I thought I wanted. And in truth, what I thought I wanted, had it come to be would’ve taken me further away from my desired result/experience than what I actually needed (and what was delivered) which took me straight into/through the fire. It was the quickest route. So, quick in fact, that I often have a hard time keeping up!
Surrender has been my go to mantra when I find myself in resistance like worry, anxiety, concern, disappointment, sadness, overwhelm or even apathy. I have even learned to surrender when I feel like giving up.
Many people think that surrender means giving up and nothing could be further from the truth. Giving up is letting go of the energetic connection to life. Surrender means falling into the flow of life.
Surrender is not passive. It is active participation in the ebb and flow of life. It is the first step to Allowing. To surrender is to stop expecting, stop forcing, stop trying, stop planning, stop judging, stop attempting, stop inventorying, stop measuring…stop controlling.
Surrender is knowing that the river of Life is 1) flowing in the direction you need to go; 2) enough to support you; and 3) determined to land you on the right shore (despite your own self).
Surrender has been a gift to me this year. I surrendered when my husband had a stroke. I surrendered during his recovery. I surrendered when our business ebbed. I surrendered during times I wanted to give up. I surrendered when things turned tide in my favor in a court case. I surrendered when I developed the Retreat/Workshop. I surrendered when things did not go as I’d planned. I surrendered when my husband had more strokes. I surrendered when he was put on the right medicine. I surrendered as my relationship with my daughter expanded. I surrendered when I received the self-reveal challenge from Spirit last week.
I surrendered this morning.
I surrender now.
I surrender in my love for you.