Presented by

Tara Brach

Recorded:
7/24/2019
Location:
River Road Unitarian
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The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 2

Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are.

These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or condone injustice) and the practices that create the grounds for surrender, emotional healing, transformational activism and spiritual freedom.

Wean yourself

Little by little, wean yourself.
This is the gist of what I have to say.
From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood,
move to an infant drinking milk,
to a child on solid food,
to a searcher after wisdom,
to a hunter of more invisible game.

Think how it is to have a conversation with an embryo.
You might say 'The world outside is vast and intricate.
There are wheatfields and mountain passes,
and orchards in bloom.

At night there are millions of galaxies, and in sunlight
the beauty of friends dancing at a wedding.'

You ask the embryo why he, or she, stays cooped up
in the dark with eyes closed.

Listen to the answer.

There is no 'other world'
I only know what I have experienced.
You must be hallucinating.

~ Rumi