The Choice: surrender vs. accept

Awesome sight in our back yard!

Definitions are from the http://www.thefreedictionary.com/

surrender:

1. To relinquish possession or control of to another because of demand or compulsion.

2. To give up in favor of another.
3. To give up or give back (something that has been granted): surrender a contractual right.
4. To give up or abandon: surrender all hope.
5. To give over or resign (oneself) to something, as to an emotion: surrendered himself to grief.
v.intr.

To give oneself up, as to an enemy.
n.

1. The act or an instance of surrendering.

accept:                                                                                                                                            

1.a. To answer affirmatively: accept an invitation.                                                                        b. To agree to take (a duty or responsibility).

2. To receive (something offered), especially with gladness or approval: accepted a glass of water; accepted their contract.
3. To admit to a group, organization, or place: accepted me as a new member of the club.
4.

a. To regard as proper, usual, or right: Such customs are widely accepted.
b. To regard as true; believe in: Scientists have accepted the new theory.
c. To understand as having a specific meaning.
5. To endure resignedly or patiently: accept one’s fate.
6. To be able to hold (something applied or inserted): This wood will not accept oil paints.
7. To receive officially: accept the committee’s report.

After reviewing these two words and their definitions, accept is bursting with positive energy! I shall try and remember it more often. I accept accept accept accept accept 🙂

This choice of words has come to me often in the past year.  So I thought it might be helpful to see the published definitions of surrender and accept.  Surrender was what came to me when I needed to stop struggling with physical and emotional limitations I was up against. At the Oregon Country Fair I was introduced to the word accept as a way of dealing with  new challenges.  I really appreciate a positive word to help me embrace the changes that were, and continue to, challenge me. I hope you do as well.

namaste,

dove

More on “Why Meditate?”

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Today while meditating I received a news flash. I needed support. This came to me while I was trying to sit, supported well enough that as I went deeper into meditation, I would not fall over because of gravity. I would feel myself fall and jerk myself into awareness of my body in jeopardy.  That action alone can cause muscles cramps and pull ligaments. Then my mind wandered into ‘what if’ land. What if I need support whenever I need to do something physical, which is a lot!  I was envisioning someone always by my side, ready to catch me if I fall. But who would be able to do that? The next thing I’m thinking is “That sounds awful.” So I let it go. (Not an easy thing for me to do, let me tell you.)

 

Anyway, I had this overwhelming urge to write down the message.  As I was writing it down in my journal, I was able to see that what my body needs right now is ligament support.  My ligaments are shot, and that is why I am having so much trouble keeping my body together.  I looked up “weak ligaments support” and found a wiki page: Ligamentous laxity.  This explains exactly what I have been dealing with since I was a teen. It also explains why it takes months for the pain of an injury to subside(injuries sustained by pushing my body beyond its known limits. My body tells me when it needs to stop, but I say “How about 1 more time?”.

Ligaments take a really long time to heal. Now I will research, both on and offline, to find what natural substances support ligament elasticity. I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

So how’s that for using meditation to connect with your body, and learn what it needs?

namaste