Never Give Up and Always Surrender

Below is an interesting passage from recent reading (fiction).  I like this expression of how to be in the world, a different way of describing how one can apply one’s faith.

“In the Yoga Sutras, we find the principles of Abhyasa and Vairagya. Practice and nonattachment.  Practice means always showing up to do the work. Putting forth effort. Nonattachment means letting go of the outcome of that work. Letting go of the things that prevent us from seeing ourselves clearly–fear or pain, expectation or pleasure. We observe those things, and then we let them pass us by.
Together, we can express Abhyasa and Vairagya as ‘Never give up and always surrender.’ Always keep striving in the direction of what you want to bring into being. But recognize when you’ve done all you can and have reached the moment to surrender to the outcomes of that work. The moment when doing more becomes detrimental to your efforts.”

Where We Left Off, by Roan Parrish.

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2 Responses to Never Give Up and Always Surrender

  1. Randy Kisling says:

    sounds like wise words to me

    • jakisling says:

      Yes, they caught my attention, even though in a work of fiction. The definitions of the words are correct–I had to look them up! They create kind of a paradoxical tension.

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