Surrendering is not the giving up of something, true surrender is the total acceptance of yourself… you’re not losing anything in the surrender, the way your society usually means that word… you are not giving up anything in the sense of loss. Surrender means to open up, open up to your total self, to give in and let go of the things you think you’re supposed to be. Just be who you are. It will see you through.
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.
Being an artist isn’t a genetic disposition or a specific talent. It’s an attitude we can all adopt. It’s a hunger to seize new ground, make connections, and work without a map. If you do those things, you’re an artist.
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.