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

Gracias a Dios Bendicion

 

 

Our Friend leaves a voicemail:  “Come over and go to the hot-springs with me, then I’ll make you guys dinner and we can have a little jam session”. My legs, the night before and still today are stiff and cramping from bicycling and gardening work at the bottom of a steep hill. Now that’s a good idea I’m thinking.

 

So we close shop early and head for McCready Hot springs. We get there and the parking lot is improved with a bathroom. The foot path to the pool is covered with crunchy snow. The pool is crowded with just enough room for newcomers. Soon after we enter the shallow warm-up pool a few people depart and we quickly move to the deep, hotter section of the hot spring. Ahh, sensual delight and healing hot water.

 

Our Friend recognizes a kindred spirit likely of South American descent and greets him warmly in Spanish. Then our Friend says he’s always wanting to learn Spanish and asks “how do you say ‘thank god for these blessings’ in Spanish”?

“Gracias a Dios bendicion” the gentleman replied. Gracias a Dios bendicion indeed! May all being appreciate the blessings of nature. Enjoy peace.

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Why Meditate?

As I continue to research on how to transform painful manifestations into healing, meditation keeps coming up.  In a recent Facebook message by David (from the Global Brain Project http://www.projectglobalbrain.com/) after this past Saturdays weekly global meditation, I found a way to explain some serious benefits of meditation, not only to others, but to myself (since I tend to require lots of explaining so I can really claim it and remember it). Here is what he had to share…

“Mind and body are not separate entities. They are one unit and influences on one aspect of that unit have effects on many other aspects. Although our experience with meditation might be one of deep relaxation of both mind and body, its effects are manifold. That deep relaxation indicates the experience of higher levels of consciousness. That, however, is only half of it for that level of consciousness is linked to a particular region of the nervous system which influences the thoughts that arise in that zone. Actively interfacing with such a deep level of the nervous system releases deep stresses that would otherwise probably never be released. Every time a stress is eliminated, consciousness becomes a freer and more liberated entity within the life of the individual.”

“At the same time, the nervous system becomes stronger, more capable and more responsive. In such a state, it is possible for the higher consciousness that one experiences after meditation to be assimilated by the nervous system. This is accomplished by engaging in gentle activity following meditation. The key word here is ‘gentle.’ Time to make yourself a cup of tea, perhaps? When this fine layer of higher consciousness becomes integrated into your nervous system it becomes a part of you, yours for ever. This is true evolution.” by David from the Global Brain Project

I hope this is as helpful to you as it is to me.

namaste,

Dove