Posted by: Lisa | October 13, 2014

Make it Happen?

“I like things to happen; and if they don’t happen, I like to make them happen.”
— Winston Churchill

Well. When I first read the above quote, I thought, “How arrogant and presumptuous.”  But that attitude is, of course, the typical attitude of Western society in general.  Go, go, go!  Do, do, do!  MAKE it happen.

That attitude is the opposite of what’s required on the spiritual journey, where the main task (for most of us) is learning to let go, to be quiet, to listen.  To let God be the doer.  In Yoga, it’s called Ishvara-pranidhana – “surrender to the Lord.”  It’s trusting that we make the most “progress” when we allow God to lead.  That doesn’t mean we sit back and do nothing.  But it means we can be patient and wait for God’s timing.

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