What is your image for self-surrender?
This has been a year of profound and sometimes wrenching transition for me, as I leave my long teaching life at Mount Holyoke and move towards something quite unknown. Sometimes I feel wonderful, life giving energy, and sometimes it is a very bumpy, frightening road. I struggle to be patient and to let go of all those old habits of control and self-discipline. This made me think about the metaphors of surrender to these mysterious processes of change and transition. Two are consistently helpful: one is the simple act of planting seeds, and then tending them with sunlight and water, while keeping the weeds away. The other is recognizing this may require a long gestation period, another life-giving process largely out of my control but which must be recognized and cared for. Both remind me to slow down, to not try to hurry or interrupt the process, and to trust that something good and valuable will emerge from or arrive into my life.
What is your most helpful image of surrender to these mysterious moment in your life? Is there a favorite poem or quotation that helps to ferry you to the other side? Please post it here, if you would be so kind.