July 2015: Surrender (Read the Full Issue)

BY Parvati

Welcome to the July 2015 issue of Parvati Magazine. This month, we explore the theme of Surrender.
For some, the word “surrender” may conjure images of giving in or losing control. When we consider slowing down or softening, thoughts may arise such as we can’t because if we did, our world would fall apart.
If we look more deeply, we may meet a fear that we will be overtaken by an elusive force from which we have been running our whole lives. Somehow, surrendering seems to mean something else wins.
What is the energy that keeps us running through our lives? Why does it feel so hard to slow down? What do we let go of as we do learn to surrender to this driven way of living? What is born anew?
When we learn to surrender to what this moment brings, we don’t give in and lose. We let go of wanting to change the moment into what we wished it were. When we surrender, we open to life itself and begin to live fully.
May this issue inspire you to soften deeply so you can find a new power center, one that springs from an endless well, much richer and much more powerful than your limited ego or will.
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Most of us resist the fullness that this moment brings by unconsciously trying to impose our will upon it. Whether we aggressively pursue a task or passively hang onto a bag of potato chips while surfing the latest TV channels, we likely are acting from an ego-driven energy, which can only perceive the world through the lens of division and againstness. In so doing, we tend to fight the moment to maintain feeling in control, important, valued or loved – whatever the story may be.
Maintaining this illusion is ultimately exhausting, leaving us feeling empty and alone. Fulfillment and lasting happiness come to us when we cultivate the awareness that we already are loved, valued, whole because we each are an integral part of the very fabric of life.
No matter what thoughts may come your way that make you think otherwise, there is no better time than the present to soften. In so doing, you surrender to the very force of life itself and return to a harmonious relationship with nature and the universe as a whole. It is then that you realize that everything you have ever wanted has been with you all along. You are enough. You are capable. You are light. You are loved. You are love. You are it all.
Love yourself.
Love others.
Love our world.
We are one Earth family.
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