The Surrender Experiment

Notes from the book.

Before reading the book: I don’t want to wait for life to throw things at me. I need to actively seek them out myself. Like that pretty girl that is sitting next to me. If I wait, that is going to be a missed opportunity. But the book seems to argue to let life flow.

Many times, things don’t go the way that we want.

“what would happen if we respected the flow of life and used our free will to participate in what’s unfolding, instead of fighting it?”

Leaping into life to live in a place where we are no longer controlled by our personal fears and desires.

Chapter 5: He wanted to lose the sense of self.

I clearly remember deciding that from now on if life was unfolding in a certain way, and the only reason I was resisting it was because of a personal preference, I would let go of my preference and let life be in charge.

But he’s just saying yes to everything??

  • This book is just saying yes to spontaneity??

By that stage of my growth, I could see that the practice of surrender was actually done in two, very distinct steps:

  1. you let go of the personal reactions of like and dislike that form inside your mind and heart; and
  2. With the resultant sense of clarity, you simply look to see what is being asked of you by the situation unfolding in front of you.

if it’s down to a matter of preference—life wins.

How would I ever know what life was capable of doing if I was always in control?