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The Surrender Experiment

My Journey into Life’s Perfection

By Michael A. Singer
15-minute read
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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection by Michael A. Singer

The Surrender Experiment (2015) delves into the author’s life to illustrate the extraordinary things that can happen when we stop pushing for the things we think we want. Instead we can learn to accept the opportunities life gives us and find joy in serving others.

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Michael A. Singer is a spiritual leader, business manager, author of the New York Times number one bestseller The Untethered Soul, and the founder of The Temple of the Universe – a yoga and meditation center. Singer also created ground-breaking software for the digitization of medical practices.

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The Surrender Experiment

My Journey into Life’s Perfection

By Michael A. Singer
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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection by Michael A. Singer
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The Surrender Experiment (2015) delves into the author’s life to illustrate the extraordinary things that can happen when we stop pushing for the things we think we want. Instead we can learn to accept the opportunities life gives us and find joy in serving others.

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Quieting the mind is one of the main goals of spiritual practice.

You know that awkward feeling when you’re talking with someone and you suddenly run out of things to say? You shift anxiously, frantically searching your mind for possible conversation topics, all the while fretting about what the other person is thinking of you. Well, not to worry – at times like this, you have the opportunity to begin your spiritual awakening!

These situations offer a perfect moment to allow your self, or consciousness, to observe your anxious mind.

This is what led the author to his first spiritual insight. Instead of getting entangled in the embarrassment of the situation, he observed his thought processes to see how he might continue the conversation. Slowly, he realized his anxious mind and his consciousness were two separate things, as the latter can observe the former.

But how exactly can you avoid getting distracted by the constant chatter of your anxious mind? One way is to practice meditation.

When the chatter in the author’s head was getting grating, he picked up a book on Zen meditation. Zen meditation involves sitting in a quiet spot, focussing on your breath, and repeating the sound "Mu" in your head. With some effort on your part, Zen meditation quietens the mind and can lead to an experience of complete silence.

On a camping trip with friends, the author chose a secluded spot for his meditation, determined not to leave until he achieved some spiritual awakening. As he drifted in and out of his meditation, a loud voice reminded him to continue looking beyond himself. Eventually, he relaxed into a deep meditative state and his awareness of self fell away.

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