Resting in surrender

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It’s crazy how the poverty mindset puts everything in reverse order.

Having grown up in poverty, I come from a long line of people who’ve incessantly strived for wealth as a means of control. It’s ironic how many of them have died with just enough to cover their burial expenses, if that.

I think a lot of us (I’m included) — maybe even our western culture at large — are guilty of striving for material certainty and security in order to find some place of rest.

It’s a life lived through grasping, working, struggling, fighting, and doing what it takes to get enough in order to find some sense of inner rest.

But this is thinking in the material sense of the world. It’s an illusion.

We’ll never gain control of this thing called life through material means. If you’re looking for control before you can rest, I’m afraid you’ll be toiling for a long time — long after you amass your fortune.

No matter how much wealth we might accumulate, there’s always someone out there who might take us down. Something that might compromise it all.

Now, I get it. Having a lot of money is beautiful. It’s powerful. It’s freeing. I welcome more too.

But no matter how you cut it, it’s fleeting.

Here’s the spiritual truth of the matter…

Rest is a product of surrender, not control.

We’ll never achieve full control on the outside conditions and effects of our lives.

Rest lies in God. Rest lies in surrendering the ego impulses that lead to the hamster wheel of life. Rest lies in knowing this particular incarnation is a short one and we’re never going to get it all done.

Rest lies in realizing we showed up here with enough and the goal is to give of our gifts freely and generously, but with a sense of life-affirming ease.

Surrender can happen in any moment. 
Question the hustle.


Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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