Iśvara Pranidhana :: From the Yoga Sutras, one of the Niyamas -- inner observances to carry us along our path toward union -- meaning "from dedicated devotion to supreme consciousness". Surrender.
This practice of surrender, of turning ourselves toward dedicated devotion to supreme consciousness, is not apathy. It is not giving up, or ceasing to care about or to act in support of the matters that are important to us. Rather, it is an acceptance of that which is beyond our control. It is a willingness to see beyond our finite understanding. It is an offering of trust, of faith, of hope. It is not easy.
Day and night
Sun and moon
Joy and sorrow
Autumn, Winter, Summer, Spring
These seasons of our lives, they ebb and flow
Despite our plans
Outside our desires
What will be, will be
Within and throughout it all, we have a choice.
We can remember, the extent of our control is how we choose to act in response to that which comes our way.
Discomfort, distress, uncertainty and pain. These things will surely come.
Others may, with their words or through their actions, cause us pain, confusion, and discomfort.
We may feel grief, despair, unrest, anger and heartache.
We are not these thoughts, these emotions, these feelings.
We are the choice we make in response.
Our choice can be one of resistance, or acceptance.
We can choose to surrender to the seasons in their time. From dedicated devotion to supreme consciousness, we can believe, these too shall pass.
May you be held in the divine wisdom of supreme consciousness through all the seasons of your life.
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability