The theme for 2021: Acceptance and Surrender

Bring acceptance into your non-acceptance. Bring surrender into your non-surrender. Then see what happens.” Eckhart Tolle

Acceptance and surrender are spiritual practices that are extremely difficult. I remember as a teenager how my father who was quite a mystic talked about “surrendering the Old Adam” “every morning anew” as he called it. I was 15 at the time and my “Ego” instead wanted to find herself. Surrendering, that was the furthest from my mind. Understandable that a teenager would rebel and not believe in such a thing as surrender.

And even forty years later my “Old Eve”, my “Ego” has a hard time accepting the present moment, if my “Ego” finds it unacceptable. Surrendering my “Ego” roles, my successes, believes, convictions and my wants is a most challenging spiritual practice. However, suffering forces me/us to go there. The year 2020 has been filled with much collective and individual suffering. Eckhart Tolle invites us to see that the Universe provides us with suffering as opportunities to learn this practice of spiritual acceptance and surrender and thus become fully present and free of fear.

And going a little farther, Jesus fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14: 35-36