The Surrender Experiment

Mindfulness & Self-Compassion

Artwork: Thomas Struth

Good morning beautiful people,

I hope that you are all well and healthy, wherever you are in the world.

There seems to be a new trend around, one started by people who appreciated slowing down in the past months, not having a choice.

Tired of the rat race and the extreme consumerism, we were all suddenly faced with a new lifestyle and a new pace, and though terrible for our economy, to some, it felt wonderful and peaceful, having no other choice but to surrender to this experiment.

Spiritual teacher Michael Singer says in his book the Surrender Experiment: “Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can.”

Does it mean that our mind is in charge of how we feel? Most likely, yes. Two people can be dealt with the same set of cards and react very differently.

So I am going to invite you to take a deep inhale, feeling your feet on the ground and the movement of your hands touching the surface they are on.

As you breath out, letting go of the thoughts that no longer serve you,  you are reminded to come back to the present moment, to your anchors such as your breath or body.

Tomorrow is always unknown, this seems to be a fact, regardless of this pandemic. It is our mind that acts as if we know, by reliving the past.

There are so many ways of interpreting what we are globally going through, and our politicians and policy makers don’t have the answers. They are living the same experiment as we are.

So please, remember to check in with your internal dialogue as soon as you watch yourself going a little crazy, trying to figure it all out. I hear more than ever, people who are tired of ticking all of the boxes required to live the “right” life. Colouring in between the lines is no longer in fashion.

We all have our own surrender experiment to live by.

In case you feel called to deepen your practice, please join us daily on zoom at 930 am Brussels time.  HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/6911455565  |  PASSWORD: 739019

And don’t hesitate to email me your comments and questions.

With Love and deep respect

Vanessa

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