Mantra Monday: Handing it Over


I’m tired of trying to be in control.

It’s an illusion anyway, control. I know this. I consciously practice living from a place of trust in the universe. But I still catch myself thinking some version of, “If I just do x, then y will happen…”

Sometimes it’s true. And sometimes it’s not and I find myself wondering what I did wrong.

Then I remember…

It’s not all up to me.

So this week (and last week and next week and the week after that) I’m consciously handing it over to God, the universe, spirit, my angels – to whoever is listening and willing to take it on.

Every time I feel stuck, or worried, or afraid, or challenged, or I don’t know which direction to go, I press pause on my thoughts and breathe, then announce to the universe that I’m handing it over and to please guide me to the next right move.

Hey universe, I’d love it if you could guide me to a clean rest stop on the highway in the next 30 minutes because we’re in the middle of the desert and I’ve stopped around here before and it’s been disgusting. Thank you.

Hi there angels. I’m really struggling with this situation and it feels awful so I’m going to give it to you now. I know that the perfect solution is out there and I trust you to help me find it when the time is right. I’m letting go of my need to control it and putting it in your hands. Please help me recognize your guidance, because sometimes I’m a little dense. Thank you so very much. Amen.

Hi universe, it’s me again. If I’m meant to do this thing that I’ve been thinking about, would you please give me a clear sign? I’m handing the decision over to you and trusting that if it’s in line with my purpose and in service of my highest good, you will help me know.

Then I let go of the outcome, sit back and follow the signs – both internal and external. Or I do my best to anyway.

This doesn’t mean I don’t DO anything. It just means I’m more interested in what feels right than what was on my to do list. It means that more and more I’m letting go of the should’s and focusing on the want to’s. And it means that I’m learning to value the quiet, restful moments as much as the productive, get-things-done ones.

Tosha Silver writes wonderfully about this in her book Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead. If you already know and practice this way of living, her words won’t be new but her voice is fun and fresh and she’s a fantastic storyteller. And if this kind of thing is new to you, then pick up this book and let it rock your world.

So will you practice handing it over with me this week? If you do, come back and let me know what happens. I can’t wait to hear.

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