Traveling Teaches Surrender

Every time I go on vacation I begin meditating a lot about surrender. Traveling is more graceful when we practice letting go, Ishvara Pranidhana. We cannot control the timings of our arrivals or departures, traffic, when we get served a meal or receive water, or keepcalmtraveloneven the seats we are assigned.

We want it to go perfectly yet it really can only be what it will be and nothing more. Therefore my travel mantra is “I feel my heart opening as the weight of my life lifts off my shoulders.”

On the yoga mat we can treat challenging yoga poses as microcosms of life’s difficulties, and therefore great opportunities to practice the art of surrender. What’s brilliant is that the more we practice recognizing tension in a pose as an early warning sign, we can then offer our tension back to the Source, emptying and surrendering again. Realizing we don’t have to do this by ourselves and that there is an energy bigger than us that knows what’s it’s doing.

As a result, we experience a shift: A deepening of our breath and expansion of our inner strength in even the most difficult of situations. As you prepare for your next holiday, may you open your heart to surrender to the moment and be present for all the lessons that travel offers you.

When you surrender to what is
and so become fully present,
the past ceases to have any power.
The realm of being, which had been obscured
by the mind, then opens up.
Suddenly, a great stillness arises within you,
An unfathomable sense of peace.
And within that peace, there is great joy.
And within that joy, there is love.
And at the innermost core, there is the sacred,
The immeasurable. That which cannot be named.

–Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now

When I Started Loving Myself

When I Started Loving Myself By Charlie Chaplin written on his 70th birthday April 16, 1959

When I started loving myself
I understood that I’m always and at any given opportunity
in the right place at the right time.
And I understood that all that happens is right –
from then on I could be calm.
Today I know: It’s called TRUST.

When I started to love myself
I understood how much it can offend somebody
When I tried to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time is not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I know: It’s called LETTING GO

When I started loving myself
I could recognize that emotional pain and grief
are just warnings for me to not live against my own truth.
Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

When I started loving myself
I stopped longing for another life
and could see that everything around me was a request to grow.
Today I know: It’s called MATURITY.

When I started loving myself
I stopped depriving myself of my free time
and stopped sketching further magnificent projects for the future.
Today I only do what’s fun and joy for me,
what I love and what makes my heart laugh,
in my own way and in my tempo.
Today I know: it’s called HONESTY.

When I started loving myself
I escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me,
from dishes, people, things, situations
and from everything pulling me down and away from myself.
In the beginning I called it the “healthy egoism”,
but today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

When I started loving myself
I stopped wanting to be always right
thus I’ve been less wrong.
Today I’ve recognized: it’s called HUMBLENESS.

When I started loving myself
I refused to live further in the past
and worry about my future.
Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place,
like this I live every day and I call it CONSCIOUSNESS.

When I started loving myself
I recognized, that my thinking
can make me miserable and sick.
When I requested for my heart forces,
my mind got an important partner.
Today I call this connection HEART WISDOM.

We do not need to fear further discussions,
conflicts and problems with ourselves and others
since even stars sometimes bang on each other
and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS LIFE!