I’m the kind of person who has a tendency to get stuck in my head. It’s taken me a lot of work to learn how to savor the moment for exactly what it is.
Looking back, I started to realize just how much I’d missed out on by constantly thinking of all the things I have to do, all the places I want to go, chewing on what I could have done better and what I want to manifest in the future. These churning thoughts meant I was rarely enjoying the here and now.
And do you know where pleasure, bliss, and ecstasy live? In this moment. The one happening right now.
Not in the past. Not in the future. Pleasure exists in the present. Ecstasy pulses and blossoms as each breath unfolds.
But staying present, for all its simplicity, is far from easy, especially in our crazy go-go-go world. Even when I’m prioritizing pleasure for myself with a bubble bath or dancing or sex, it’s easy for my mind to wander.
Stress is addictive, anxiety is clingy, and expectation is pleasure’s worst enemy.
What totally transformed my experiences was learning the art of surrender.
Overwhelmed by stress? Take a deep breath and surrender to what cannot be changed.
Worried about how you look? Take a deep breath and surrender to who you are in this moment.
Trying to get out of your head during sex? Surrender to sensation, to touch, to your needs and desires.
When you surrender, there is no room for stress and anxiety. There is no space for doubt or shame or guilt. Surrendering requires you to open yourself up to the unknown and to trust that what comes next is exactly what is meant to happen. That means releasing expectations. When we’re free from expectation, we create space for pleasure to bubble up and take over.
Surrendering is not giving up. It is not passive. It is not weak. In fact, surrender takes tremendous courage and strength because we can only truly surrender when we feel safe enough to let go.
So, I’m declaring 2015 the year of surrender. I will be focusing on all of the ways you can surrender in order to reconnect with your erotic self, your sensual side, your confidence, your needs, your lover(s), and most importantly, with yourself.
This year we will surrender to the art of receiving, to the art of giving, and to the art of living with passion.
This will be the year that you surrender to what is so that you can finally create space to breathe life into what can be: bliss, happiness, radical authenticity, ecstasy, and anything else your soul desires. It all starts with surrender.
What have you been resisting? What has been holding you back? What are you afraid of or hiding from?
And what does it look like when you finally surrender and release those things?
All you have to do is let go.