Yield to the Present


If we teach what we need to learn, in time I’ll become a master teacher of yielding and surrender.  I continue seeing how my intellect, intuition, intensity, and vast life tool set cannot force a shift in my current situation.  I comfort myself knowing the real problem arises from believing I shouldn’t have this experience.

While I aim to generously accept bad days, embrace down time and play, and embody balance, I fall short repeatedly attempting to alter reality.  In this process, I must become more humble, acquiesce to divine forces, and accept how my efforts and the non-acceptance driving them often create limitations rather than clearing them.

Befriend yielding.  While yielding, you unreservedly open to the present and stop sinking more deeply into the quicksand struggling against unchangeable reality.  If you face something you feel you can’t stand ask yourself who can’t stand it.  The small self, or ego, hates human frailty and wants to end uncomfortable experiences as quickly as possible, thank you very much.  Embody the compassionate awareness who observes the struggling.  Be kind where you feel tender and vulnerable.

Unclench your fingers and your mind while dropping your shoulders.  With practice hopefully you can: Step into the divine embrace and receive unconditional love.  Become increasingly open-hearted.  Accept guidance as needed.  Focus on what you want.  Invite more of what feels good.  Move toward lighter and easier.  Engage with the present moment as much as possible.  Know every experience sculpts and hones you.

Can you yield or do you fight it?  How do you step into it?  Does yielding to life make you feel stronger or weaker?


  1. Hi Christy, Love this sentence => Embody the compassionate awareness who observes the struggling. It reminds me of Eckhart Tolle’s books and the need to become the observer of our thoughts. Thanks for another insightful post!


  2. We must have been sharing similar circumstances when we wrote our blogs this week. When I wrote What You Must Give Up to Move Forward this week, I shared similar feelings about acceptance and agree I “must become more humble, acquiesce to divine forces, and accept how my efforts and the non-acceptance driving them often create limitations rather than clearing them.” Or, as the AA Big Book states, “Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.” I agree – every experience scupts and hones us – and prepares us for the next great adventure!


    • Hi Julie,
      Great minds think alike? Or maybe great hearts feel alike? Anyway, I love how we’re on the same wavelength this week. I’ve never read the AA Big Book but clearly what you quoted explains why AA works. It also reminds me of the Serenity Prayer where the “wisdom to know the difference” between what we can and can’t change shifts everything.
      Peace and Blessings,


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