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Tolle Tuesday...

This freedom [freedom from form] is the arising of inner space. It comes as a stillness, a subtle peace deep within you, even in the face of something seemingly bad.

At times when it's obvious I have no control, all I can do is surrender and accept...and it's true that peace enters then.

How do you handle those circumstances which elude control?

Peace to you all, my friends.



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Jan. 18th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm the person that probably would set Tolle's hair on end. I don't deal well when I'm under pressure to handle something where I have no control. I think the way for someone like me to handle that kind of situation is the idea I took from Jordan Sonnenblick's DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE. The kid's little brother gets leukemia and he's sort of flipping out about what he can't control, and his school counselor suggests he stop worrying about what he can't control, and find something he CAN do--and do it.

So maybe--stop looking at a situation as if all your options are tied, and look instead for the things you CAN do.
Jan. 18th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
I definitely like to find something I CAN do, as well (and actually, Tolle has a section on that, but it was much longer than I had time to type in, heh). In some cases, of course, there's absolutely nothing that can be done...at least not to directly deal with what is causing the upset, you know?
Jan. 18th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this, Robin. Surrender and accept. Yes.

I have told others, it is hard to feel helpless, but we basically are. And everyone has to find a way to deal with that feeling of helplessness.

I pray. A lot. But that's me. :)
Jan. 18th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Prayer is good. I like to just look at the beauty in nature -- it comforts me to see how Life continues and moves through its cycles.
Jan. 18th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
I find hard to deal with things that are out o f my control. First I cry ( i'm a very depressive person) then I start to think and think of it trying to find a solution and finally I give up and accept I can do anything. So I'm not the best example of surrender and accept but I'm trying.
Jan. 18th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Actually, that sounds like a great example :) I like how you move through all the options!
Jan. 18th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Haha. How do I handle it? Badly.

I'm working on grace this year.
Jan. 18th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
:) (I could say 'badly' too, heh.) Grace is elusive but such a great prize.
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Jan. 18th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
LOL :) When I was younger (in my 20s, mostly), I was a very goal-oriented person (and solutions on the way to that goal). I had a hard time even seeing the present moment...and for me, it just about did me in. I became so uptight and filled with worry that I could hardly function. But one thing I've noticed in my older age (ha) is how each of us handles this type of thing differently...no right or wrong way, just options to get through the challenging times.
Jan. 18th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
well I don't know. But light filled daffodils like yours, or others flowers, do help. And friends. Wishing you the best.
Jan. 18th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, friends and flowers :) Thanks, Jeannine!
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