Hi Ahmed. Thanks for the insightful response. And I agree with you that surrender is not about giving in to injustice or becoming a door mat for others to walk all over you. There are limits to this concept. But I’d also harken back to what Eckhart Tolle would say, which is that no matter what the situation, responding with presence is always the best way, as opposed to allowing yourself to react from your unconscious, egoic self. I think of Martin Luther King who was exceedingly present and calm and measured, but who also didn’t let people walk over him. This approach was central to the monumental successes he achieved. The ultimate strength lies in present, conscious living.

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