The other day, I was swimming under the Moon and all of the sudden I realized I should stop pushing and just let the water carry me, take me, literally going with the flow. When I was doing this, I couldn't help but think how many times in my life I had pushed the river and try to go against the current just because I was stubborn or scared of the unknown or did not trust the future. Many times, we find ourselves pushing instead of surrendering and trusting. It is hard to let go of needing to control situations or people, but if we allow ourselves to surrender we can go with the flow and let it take us to where we need to go. Trust is a key word. Trust the Divine. Trust the Plan. Trust that you are where you are supposed to be with the people you are supposed to be to help you grow and evolve. If you trust, you are able to surrender and live the life you are meant to live. When stress hits you, then you can take a deep breath and just know that this too shall pass. The lessons presented to us are the ones we need to learn and the Divine knows that we have the tools to deal with them. It is hard to develop that type of trust when all we see on television is bad news, the world is a negative place, and people tend to see the glass half empty. It is our choice to see the glass half full and stop pushing and see what happens. In his book, The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success, Deepak Chopra has one of the laws as "The Law of Least Effort". When I think about this law I think about the principle of surrendering because we do not need to be pushing all the time. Like all things in nature, plants don't work hard to grow, they just grow. The river flows without any effort. We can live using the same principle, we don't need to go against the current, we just need to use the least effort and let our internal compass guide us to where we need to go; tune out all distractions and just pay attention to our heart since our heart knows what is best for us.
Mercury, the planet who rules communications and technology, stationed retrograde on August 20 and it will turn direct on September 12. Retrograde periods are special for surrendering because things seem to go wrong. Communications get impacted and people do not understand the message as it is supposed to be understood but something totally different. This time is bad for signing contracts or making agreements since we have a tendency to not see the small print or sign something that we may regret in the future. Technology is impacted and you can find yourself swearing at the computer because it freezes out or systems don't work, websites are down, and there are blockages everywhere. When you face opposition or blocks, just let go, surrender and meditate. Like the Hanged Man card in the Tarot, these are times to just stop and do "NO" action. These are also times when we can go back and evaluate the decisions we took in the past, see what has worked, what has not worked, and change the course of action in the future once Mercury turns direct.