Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Surrender

Yesterday morning while meditating, I kept hearing the word "surrender" in my head. All I could think was Surrender to what? But that's not how the universe works. So then I would hear, "Trust the process," instead of an answer that sounded like something I was expecting. So I went with it yesterday. I surrendered when I could and trusted the process I was using to be productive.

And it worked.

For a while, anyway. Willpower is only so strong and productivity lasts only so long until you hit diminishing returns. So I trusted that it was quitting time and moved on with my day.

At the end of the day, I looked back at what I'd accomplished and I was proud. Sure, I had the thoughts of how much more I could have done or the things I ignored to accomplish what I did. But oh well. We can't do everything, I'm realizing. The more I try to do everything, the less I actually do. So I had to take a step back yesterday and find a new way. Because last week was a bit of a disaster as far as productivity went.

To fix that, I took the weekend to take an honest look at what I needed to fix about my day (my morning in particular) to make sure I can get stuff done. I got goals, y'all. I can't sit on my butt and hope my work somehow gets done. I can't scroll on Facebook all day and pray that if I wish hard enough all of my projects will be finished and I can scratch those off the list. That isn't how life works.

Life is about what you put into it. Not what you take out of it.


We can drain ourselves by spinning our wheels and being indecisive. We can take the wind right out of our sails by wasting time on social media or binge-watching all 10 seasons of Friends AGAIN. Or we can fill our cups and put our energy into things that make us happy. So put something good into your life! Don't take from it; add to it.

Surrender!

Surrender to the idea that you're on the right path even when it feels like it's so, so wrong. Surrender to the trail life makes you follow when you turn right instead of left down your usual route. Surrender to the wonderful rewards you can have when you chase your dreams and make your every wish come true. Surrender to the beauty of this life, even if that means going more slowly than you originally intended.

Something I've surrendered to lately is a better morning routine. Not every morning is perfect, and I'm still figuring it out. But I've found that I need some quiet time in the morning to meditate, stretch out, hydrate, and plan my day. I have a "morning routine" printable I might share with you guys soon. I've been testing it and really love it. I might also turn it into a journal too, so we'll see! But there WILL be a Freebie Friday post this week, so do keep an eye out for something awesome.

But my morning routine is crucial. It sets the tone for my day. It's hard to recuperate and start over in the middle of the day, so getting that morning routine down has been essential for me.

What's your morning routine like? I'd love to hear about it!



Something else I need to surrender to is patience. I lose patience a lot. Sometimes I'm convinced I never had any to begin with. So I've been working on finding patience within me, breathing deep, and trying not to rely on my expectations so I'm not impatient and disappointed. It's not easy and I'm not perfect (see last week's post about being perfect). It's all a work in progress and I learn more about it every day.

Basically, just be patient. Always. 

No, I don't wanna. But this kind of I-don't-wanna is the kind I need to surrender to. I don't wanna disrupt the usual to make a change for the better, but I should surrender. I don't wanna change myself for the better in case I might risk a relationship, but I should surrender. I don't wanna always be patient, but what kind of life is it if I'm stressed out and irritated a lot? So I should surrender.

Honestly, surrendering and trusting the process make life so much easier. So why do we love it when things are harder? Man, that's a topic worth exploring some other day. For now, I just need to remind myself of one word that'll take me from chaos to order, from disruption to peace, from stressed to calm.

Surrender. 





PS - Surrendering can be hard to do. Especially as an empath. I know. So this week's journal is the Empath Edition. It's for those of us with those emotional sensitivities that can make us feel like we're crazy at times. But surrendering can help with that too. If you're an empath (or know someone who is), check the new journal out right here. And see all of my journals by clicking this link. I hope everyone has an amazing day and week. Sending love. Vibe high!
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