I learned something really profound recently from my mentor Gabrielle Bernstien. It is the art of surrendering. Until recently I had no idea what that meant and that word actually scared me to be honest. Gabby teaches surrendering to mean letting go of trying to control a situation out of your control, and rather, saying ‘look I trust the Universe here and that everything happens for a reason please help the best outcome play out here.’ Surrendering really is just asking for help in any given situation and getting out of the way for the Universe to do her thing.
I love this line from Mastin Kipp‘s remix of Yogi Bhajan’s Patience Pays (which I listen to a few times a day and have been playing for all my yoga classes.) “Surrender doesn’t mean giving up, it means giving in.”
Speaking of Yogi Bhajan, the father of Kundalini Yoga, Gabby’s journey to discovering Kundalini is what helped me to understand how to surrender. A couple years ago, Gabby found herself in a bit of a rut in her practice. Having been a meditator for years she needed a more visceral experience. She surrendered her practice to the Universe and was led to Kundalini, which changed her life. Pre-Kundalini Gabby hated yoga but was led to it randomly, fell in love with it, and even became a teacher of it. Now she wears cool turbans and teaches crazy Kundalini meditation to millions on Instagram & YouTube, all because she surrendered something that wasn’t working in her life
So I recently did just that – I surrendered something & boy does it work. There’s something to this whole surrender thing.
So here’s what I first surrendered, to test it out to see if it actually worked and guess what? It did, massively! When you let go, stop pushing and just relax into it the Universe will show up in a big way to support you.
I was not loving my morning routine at all, struggling with finding something that worked for me so I surrendered my morning routine to the Universe and this is what happened…
I fell in love with my mornings and now you can too, here’s how. I’ll be back with part two of this post with a post on the importance of morning routines & 10 tips to start the day off right.
See you then!