January Week 5 – Surrender & Trust

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WOW! What a way to shine the light on making 2013 the most amazing year of our lives!! These past 5 weeks have really been epic for me. Things have shifted and surfaced – all evolutionary and many surprising! With our eyes on the prize, tenderness in our hearts, and commitment in our souls, here we are in this precious sacred moment… exactly where we should be. I’m feeling it and so many of you have reached out to say that you’re feeling it too.

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We set the trajectory, trusted in ourselves, planted intentions, moved beyond fear, and now it’s up to us to SURRENDER & TRUST that all of the needs of the heart that we have given ourselves – attention, affection, appreciation, and acceptance – will carry us energetically to the places that we envision ourselves to be.

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“Don’t be afraid, just play the music.” – Charlie Parker

Like the daily practice of meditation – detaching, surrendering, and trusting is a moment-to-moment practice – bringing about awareness to the fluidity and evolutionary nature inherent in this existence of ours. There are many lessons (and growing pains) along the way, which may contribute to the underlying challenge that makes us reluctant to trust and welcome the unknown. During these many years of my own self- discovery, I’ve found comfort in finding the most beautiful and precious treasures are in life’s little miracles. They often appear when I least expect them…when I am innocent and vulnerable to the next moment. And they consistently confirm my intuition to listen to the internal voice that guides me. The magic of miracles happens most when we remain open without expectation. So why do we struggle? Why do we white knuckle the things that take up so much room, time, and energy within our sacred, internal space? Why is being neutral and accepting such a challenge – especially when overcoming and releasing with grace feels so good? It is our desire to cling to the known – even if it’s an uncomfortable known that brings us comfort as we crawl back to “conditioned” mode. But we can gracefully break out of this lifetime of negative conditioning through SELF AWARENESS, ATTENTION, TRUST, and ACCEPTANCE.

“All things found in the world and beyond are illusions created by one’s own concepts. Grasping at them but further distorts perception. Give up grasping and see things as they are. “ – The Seventh Dalai Lama

When we truly place our attention on something – like we have over these past five weeks – it gives us the innate ability to focus on self-expansion. Haven’t you noticed the dynamic power that has taken place within the 5 REALMS of your life in just a few short weeks? We can believe whatever it is that we want. By remaining attentive with positive intention, we give ourselves CHOICES. When I choose to surrender to the moment and accept that this moment is exactly as it should be – with all of it’s flaws and uncertainty – I feel calmer, clearer, and carry a greater openness to acceptance.

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Now, this may sound like somewhat of an oxymoron – on one hand I’m saying that we need to detach and on the other hand I’m saying to place your attention where it needs to go. Finding the elusive balance between the two can be perplexing, especially when you are still searching for what your desired outcome is, but because of this necessary balancing thought process, it opens us up to working it through – truly validating our desires and making it possible to detach with attention. Ideally, we want to detach from OUTCOMES with the recognition and subtle awareness of our intentions. It’s like driving a car – we simply push down on the accelerator and steer. We don’t worry if the right amount of gas is getting into the engine, combusting at exactly the right moment, focusing on the gears interlocking at just the right time. Why? Because we trust that the process works. And the same is true for this sweet existence of ours – everything in life has its purpose – every decision, every interaction, every choice – and will flow exactly as it’s supposed to. When we trust, bean by bean the bag get’s filled. This isn’t the time to wallow in conditioned behaviors, it’s the time to be open and accepting to the mysteries of what’s to come. TRUST.

Trust and acceptance go hand in hand. And it’s important to know that acceptance doesn’t mean that you’re compromising to life, situations, or people. It is a wonderful opening of the heart which gives us the quality of graceful tact – opening you to the profound life force that is the symphony of universal existence…tapping you directly into the flow of the energy that supports you. When you say “yes” to the way of universal law, it opens you up to greater possibilities and frees you from shackles of emotional constraints. When we let go of the “result driven” and “worried” patterns of thinking – we simultaneously open up to organically receiving what we desire most for ourselves. It is this fresh layer of intelligence that inspires us to keep at the practice. The lightness is intoxicatingly inspiring.

“In the morning when you wake up, reflect on the day ahead and aspire to use it to keep a wide-open heart and mind. At the end of the day, before going to sleep, think over what you’ve done. If you fulfilled your aspiration, even once, rejoice in that. If you went against your aspiration, rejoice that you are able to see what you did and are no longer living in ignorance. This way you’ll be inspired to go forward with increasingly clarity, confidence, and compassion.” – Pema Chodron

So let’s spend this week reflecting on exactly what we have placed our attention on during this Discovery Challenge and let’s SURRENDER & TRUST that the seeds have been planted, fertilized, watered, nurtured, and loved. It’s up to us to match up to the universal laws by continuing to remain open and flexible – detached from the outcome and accepting how they enfold. Infinite flexibility. You’ve done your best. Enjoy the magic that lies ahead for you.

Rock on!!! and I’ll see you all next week as we glide into February and continue our journey into making this the most AMAZING YEAR OF OUR LIVES!

Peace,
davidji

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