On a daily basis, we all confront personal challenges and the emotions that go with those challenges. A cacophony of information floods our brains from the “connected” nature of modern life: a phone call; the television; an email; a tweet; a text; a podcast; the radio; a billboard; and even someone’s voice. Constantly, someone demands that we buy this product, confront this issue, think this way, or worry about this problem. Pulled in so many directions, we then gravitate toward a level of constant anxiety. We then just choose to mentally bug out and ignore the world around us or we fall into familiar patterns.
Plainly visible within our spiritual traditions are the solutions to this cognitive dissonance. Each of us needs to learn to surrender our anger and frustration while remaining committed to the struggle of life within a broader community. We are not in control and never have been. Our goal should be to develop an inner peace, that allows us to surrender the ego’s need for control, but doesn’t give up our will to think and resist domination by others. Be in the world, but not of the world. Find the peace that passes all understanding.
It would be completely presumptuous of me to articulate the best manner for each of you to find that peace. This eternal quest can only be satisfied by each individual seeker. But that noble quest, can certainly be a journey we all cherish, and use for the benefit of ourselves and those around us. Seeking, finding, and using this peace cannot be compartmentalized. You can’t be at peace with yourself, your friends, and your family and be at war with whom you disagree or oppose. By surrendering an emotional attachment to a given outcome, while remaining steadfast in our quest for a better world, we will be able to emotionally survive, come what may.
Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
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.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
Give up all bad qualities in you, banish the ego and develop the spirit of surrender. You will then experience Bliss.
Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.
Better Indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
Don’t despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don’t – surrender to events with hope.
Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.
The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life. We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.