Making Our World

If we want to make something spectacular out of our world, there is nothing whatsoever that can stop us. ~Maria Ranier

Make or find? In a previous post, I grappled with Eric Maisel’s concept of making (as opposed to finding) meaning in our lives. How does that jibe with Byron Katie’s concept of loving what is or Eckhart Tolle’s encouragement to live in the Now? If we are attempting to make our worlds, our lives, our meaning, are we pushing the rope?

Right effort is part of the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism. As with other things, perhaps it’s finding (or is it making?!) a balance between effort and surrender. Changing what we can and accepting the rest, as the first part of the serenity prayer teaches. This prayer goes on to refer to a deity, but I think surrender can also be to life and the natural world.

How do you reconcile right effort and surrender? To whom or what do you surrender (if you do)?

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One Response to Making Our World

  1. Teresa says:

    There is something about “surrender” that bugs me… When we say that we surrender, to me that implies that we are giving up something against our will. There is a third path that is neither making things happen, nor surrendering to the reality of what appears to be inevitable. Our personal experience can make us vulnerable to suggestion. I think that we can Not surrender NOR fight, NOR make things happen but simply remain neutral. I am not saying I am capable of that type of neutrality in this world, but that is the third path that to me makes the most sense. That is tao.

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