Art of Surrender Series - Mantras and Journals

Today I am continuing with my Art of Surrender series.

We had snow again last night. Again! Uggh! and just when spring was here (at least I thought it was here) and I was just getting warm again. In fact, the snow in Colorado is still coming down right now.

No worries. I'm going to have an amazing day. I can feel it. And it's not the snow that has me working on surrender. It's a bigger practice for me altogether. But with the weather as it is, I'm feeling it's a good day for my practice, and I'm going to surrender to that.

I am going to spend some cozy time with my self and my journal. And though at this early morning moment I have no idea what may come through thought and pen, I am going to open myself to the magic of the moment. And I may even repeat the surrender song.

There is a surrender song that I first heard on the Oprah show. Yes, I heard it there. And it has come to mind today as something I feel is quite a powerful mantra. Though my own love for Jesus comes as honoring him as a great teacher, a master of forgiveness (letting go) and healing actually, and not necessarily as a denominational religious figure, I love this powerful prayer. One could also substitute the word Jesus with "Source" (or anything else) if that feels more comfortable. In any case, I plan on finding my own way with this mantra today.

Here is the song, and some tips for journaling as a meditation. All a reminder and another step on my own path with the Art of Surrender.


I Surrender All

All to Jesus (can substitute other name or phrase), I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

Refrain
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessèd Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

Refrain
All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

Refrain
All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

Refrain
All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!
Refrain

- Jud­son W. Van De­Vent­er, 1896



Mapping the Inner Journey - Journaling as Meditation
tips from DailyOm



Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation. It allows us to trace our journey and see where we have grown and what lessons we may be repeating. By employing a different part of the brain than creative or inspired thought, writing or typing a journal can create a greater sense of connection and union with our physical selves and the world around us.


In working through challenges, it can be helpful to first empty all worries from our heads onto the safe pages of our journal. Fears can be brought to light rather than allowing them to haunt the dark corners of our subconscious. We may even feel heaviness dissipate once our heads are free from clutter, leaving space for inspiration and the creation of positive images in their place. Often in the process of writing out all the details of an event that troubles us, something that had been forgotten will come to the surface, providing a missing piece of the puzzle. Then we can truly begin to come up with answers, and write them down beside the worries to map the way from concern to constructive thought.


For capturing guidance and flashes of inspiration, journaling is ideal. This is especially true in the case of dreams, which often fade as we awaken. While working toward goals, keeping track of progress as well as guidance from readings or divination tools can be encouraging. Though it can be difficult to keep all of our guidance in the front of our minds, if we write it down it can serve as a reminder whenever we need it. We can also use our journals to converse with our higher selves or even the universe. Journaling offers yet another way to unburden mind and spirit, while also creating a record of the present and preserving our hopes and dreams for the future.



Journaling can be a wonderful part of a surrender practice, as we freely flow and let go of stagnant, though once precious, feelings and thinking.

Have a wonder-full day.

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Comment by Sarah Sunny on April 9, 2010 at 6:47pm
Thank you, Alexa. I like the idea of journalling as a meditation.
Have a great weekend!
Comment by Seren Grace on April 9, 2010 at 4:13pm

Comment by Seren Grace on April 9, 2010 at 4:13pm

Thank you Much Alexa ~ A blessed warm spring weekend for you!
~ Love Seren Grace
Comment by Alexa on April 8, 2010 at 12:19am
hey... colorado!! yes, well I guess it is coming at it's own snail pace... but one of these days it will be here to stay. (that one-derful week did feel nice). yeah colorado! :0
loveyou seren :)
Comment by Seren Grace on April 7, 2010 at 8:03pm
What a blessing A beautiful Mantra ~ and divine guidance for meditation! Thank you always Alexa for what you share with us! PS: I stand in Grace :) with you on our snowfall here in CO. - we made need it for the summer , but It was lovely to have a week of spring!
Blessings , Light Love,
Seren Grace

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