The Power of Surrender


[From “Body Mind Spirit”]

Adapted from The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library, 1999).

What if you’re stuck in the mud? Does surrender mean you just have to accept being stuck there? Eckhart Tolle clarifies a common misconception about the power of surrender here. Surrender is a purely inner phenomenon. It does not mean that on the outer level you cannot take action and change the situation. In fact, it is not the overall situation that you need to accept when you surrender, but just the tiny segment called the Now.

If you were stuck in the mud somewhere, you wouldn‘t say, “Okay, I resign myself to being stuck in the mud.” Resignation is not surrender. You don’t need to accept an undesirable or unpleasant life situation. Nor do you need to deceive yourself and say that there is nothing wrong with being stuck in the mud. No. You recognize fully that you want to get out of it. You then narrow your attention down to the present moment without mentally labeling it in any way. This means that there is no judgment of the Now. Therefore, there is no resistance, no emotional negativity. You accept the “isness” of this moment. Then you take action and do all you can to get out of the mud. Such action is called positive action. It is far more effective than negative action, which arises out of anger, despair, or frustration.

4 Responses to “The Power of Surrender”

  1. Rhodah Says:

    Its amazing most of us tend to give up at the now. Thanks this is great!!!

  2. Rachita Says:


    This is indeed a very good inspirational quote. Thanks for sharing such things, since it really help others to understand and tackle a worst sitution in some better way. The power of Surrender is really a cool concept.

  3. Gifty Cobbinah Says:

    Hello, this quotes are vital in ones lifetime in tackling situations.

  4. shamie Says:

    God speaks to us in various ways I believe he speaks to thousands thru yu>well done

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