Freedom Lies Beyond Surrender. But How To Let Go?

In response to a reader.

Michael Papas
Mind Cafe

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If I had to consolidate everything I’ve learned over the past year about the Path, mindfulness, and living a good life, I’d state it thus:

The act of surrender is the spiritual act, and is the path to freedom and happiness in this life.

To surrender is to let go of control, to loosen your firm grasp on the direction of life. It’s to stop swimming with all your might, and let the currents take you where you were always going.

In Zen, one of the most important realizations is that, all this time you’ve tried to grasp life in your hands, you’ve just been gripping your own throat. The harder you try to make life go a certain way, the more you suffocate satisfaction and subvert your natural course.

Therefore, the trick is to release. If you can surrender to what is, without trying to control it, you can be free of your own stranglehold. You can begin to enjoy life, as some do only in their last few moments when they finally give up. You can be free, now.

But how? It’s all well and good knowing you need to surrender, but putting that knowledge into practice is a real challenge. To surrender is an actual act (or non-act). It’s something you actually do with your mind. It’s not a thought: “I…

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Michael Papas
Mind Cafe

Insights from neuroscience, non-dual mindfulness, and psychedelics to upgrade your awareness. For gigs or just to chat, get me at michaelpwriting@gmail.com.