Welcome to our first installment of Bb Book Review! In this series, we will be sharing uplifting, beautiful or inspiring literary gems that we have found throughout our years of bookworm-ing.
The first book we bring you is called: The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. Singer is best known for his book The Untethered Soul (also a great read), but we wanted to share Surrender with you today because it tells the fascinating story of what happens when you… you guessed it: surrender.
The whole book reminds us of this quote by Bruce Lee:
“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
It is the true story of Singer’s life journey and what happens when he makes the decision to just let life happen to him. At first, he embraces a life of solitude and meditates alone in the woods, and through a series of coincidences and seemingly unrelated events, he goes on to found a billion-dollar software company, completely reinvent the medical profession and write a New York Times best-seller (really!).
“There is so much evidence that life does quite well on its own. The planets stay in orbit, tiny seeds grow into giant trees, weather patterns have kept forests across the globe watered for millions of years, and a single fertilized cell grows into a beautiful baby. We are not doing any of these things as conscious acts of will; they are all being done by the incomprehensible perfection of life itself. All these amazing events, and countless more, are being carried out by forces of life that have been around for billions of years—the very same forces of life that we are consciously pitting our will against on a daily basis. If the natural unfolding of the process of life can create and take care of the entire universe, is it really reasonable for us to assume that nothing good will happen unless we force it to?”
The book is an exploration into “flow” and “surrender” that reads like a novel and inspires the reader to relinquish control and attachment to outcome. Highly recommended!