Weekly thoughts and insights from participants of the “Surrender: Experiencing What Is” series.
For the past few weeks of classes at the Dharma Hub, we have been exploring ‘surrender’.
…Surrender… What does it mean anyway?
In last Thursday’s class, teacher Maya Lewandowsky presented surrender as an act deeply entwined with trust.
She asked us to reflect on and share about those situations in our lives where we feel we trust deeply. Several different examples were mentioned. Some felt they had developed deep trust with their romantic or life partners. Some felt they trusted powerful and uplifting feeling. Some expressed that they have come to trust and surrender to the process of life. As we discussed this, Maya illustrated how trust is the precursor to surrender; that trust takes time to develop.
We also explored surrender in an immediately tangible way: Physically. One by one we stepped into the center as the rest stood around us in a circle. We then closed our eyes, spun around several times, then fell backwards into someone’s arms. Our weight was then supported and passed around by those in the circle surrounding us.
As well as exhilarating there was a powerful lesson in this for me. I could feel how my trust bred responsibility and in turn trust in others. How by trusting people deeply with my well-being I actually empowered both them and myself.
Maya had described this process to us as we stood in a circle before beginning, how she had done this exercise with kids. She had gone first and actually trusted them fully with her weight. They had dropped her, but not without breaking her fall almost completely, and when she opened her eyes, staring up at them from the ground, she saw the concern and shock in their eyes. What was an adult doing trusting them in this way? When Maya stood up and had them repeat the act of supporting her, they were right there, supporting her fully with care and attention.