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How to Surrender

 
Judith Orloff - Monday, January 14, 2013

I'm intrigued with the idea of surrender, not as defeat or loss but as a positive, intuitive way of living, power that grows as you develop trust in the moment as well as in change and the unknown. In Sanskrit, surrender is "samprada," meaning to give completely, or deliver wholly over. I'm defining it as the grace of letting go at the right moment--the ability to accept what-is, to exhale and flow downstream with the cycles of life instead of battling them or anxiously brooding. Surrender doesn't mean always saying "yes" to everything--that can be dangerous and unwise--but it does mean going fully with a decision even if it entails withdrawing from someone or saying "no" to anger or fear.

Though surrender may seem counter-intuitive to making your goals happen, it can actually be the magical factor that facilitates this and relieves gridlock. Life becomes easier when you're able to let go. Burdens will lift or get lighter. Without wanting to, we may become overly defended and hold our hearts back way too much. But surrender frees you from these cages so it'll feel safer to love.

I invite you to watch my TedX Talk on the surrender. Why is it so powerful in success, health, and relationships? You can sabotage success by pushing too hard. Surrender is the antidote to stress in a world that relentlessly conspires to interrupt creative thought. Surrender boosts your brain's endorphins, our blissful neurochemicals.


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Judith Orloff, MD is author of The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, upon which her articles are based. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today. She is a New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. Connect with Judith on  Facebook and  Twitter. To learn more about empaths and her free empath support newsletter as well as Dr. Orloff's books and workshop schedule, visit her website.

Comments
Betterlife commented on 17-Jan-2013 10:14 PM
YOU WILL GET ON THE MAIN SITE ON TED-X & WHERE EVER YOU WANT TO BE! FROM YOUR BIGGEST FAN, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU EVEN MORE!
Betty commented on 23-Jan-2013 03:27 AM
I have so enjoyed this video and all of your works. Just listened to your CD with Deepak Chopra on Intuition. Except for a few differences, your story from a little and growing up with strong intuitive abilities is also quite similar. You have given me a greater level of emotional freedom by just hearing your story. I am and have been a friend and student of Dr. Jean Houston for over 25 years. When I first heard and saw you, it was at Renaissance Unity when Marianne Williamson was the Se. Minister. Sine that time, I have followed your career via your books. I would love to have an opportunity to share my personal story with you as I am currently working on a book. My next opportunities to be in California may possibly be in April at the Michael Beckwith Annual Agape Conference and/or December at Jean Houston's Mystery School/Social Artistry Retreat. I sure hope this request gets to you for consideration. Respectfully, Betty Abena Appleby,, New Dawn Leadership, 313-712-7159
Larry Parmer commented on 05-Mar-2013 12:13 AM
Though surrender may seem counter-intuitive to making your goals happen, it can actually be the magical factor that facilitates this and relieves gridlock.
David commented on 25-Jul-2013 07:23 AM
That was good post to read.

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