Zero is the greatest number of all. You want to know why? Are you curious? Well, it’s a lot like the word, “surrender.” If the number zero had a word counterpart (and it probably does, but I can’t find it online this morning), I would suggest that the word be “empty.” When there is emptiness, there is endless possibility. This is why zero is magnificent. Zero is another way of saying “all things are possible.” When you are void of all your ways, the only thing you have left is just about everything. You don’t believe me? Well, I’m no mathematician (by any means – I frigging hated math in school), but I did happen to hear one on the radio the other day who stated that in geometry, when there is nothing (zero-point), the possibilities are endless. This is why I decided to start figuring out ways to empty myself each day so that I could open up the possibilities of my life.
Surrendering is about letting go – completely. Giving up the fight. It’s knowing that you have absolutely no control, but being willing and courageous enough to admit it. It’s ground-zero. It’s emptying yourself of everything because you need to discover a new way to be. We’ve all been there at one point or during certain moments of our lives, but for many of us, everyday is about remaining in a humble place of surrender so that we don’t get ahead of ourselves again.
I’m a big fan of the word “surrender” because it’s what keeps me sober, but I’m always open to deeper insight, which is why I am so incredibly excited about knowing and understanding how when you have “nothing” that everything is possible. I like the idea of being a blank canvass and clearing my mind so that I’m not disturbing the peace of my experiences. The idea of having a blank mind means that I’m not blocking things from occurring in my life because I’m not tossing any doubts or negativity toward possibility. It’s like constantly having beginners luck when you are open to all things being possible. Let me explain how – I was invited to a Giant’s game the other day. I like the Giants and everything. I’m from the Bay Area, so of course I root for Bay Area teams whenever I do watch sports, which is rare, but I wanted my children to have the opportunity to go to a ballgame, so we went. My friend bought the special events tickets, which only occur twice during the season. I knew nothing (there’s that word again) about this. I had no idea that people weren’t allowed to go on the green except during these special events. Apparently going on the green is like a really big deal. I wasn’t that impressed about it because it takes a lot to impress me, but it was really cool, especially because my friend was super excited about being on the green. Anyway, we started doing the special event Yoga and there standing on a stage right before us was Michael Franti doing the music for our yoga session. The Yoga session was incredible and it was occurring just as the sun was setting behind the stadium, so it was pretty surreal, but I was just taking it all in, incredibly grateful that we didn’t take off after grabbing our Giants yoga mats. We stayed for the whole thing and the experience was beautiful and so much fun for all of us. If I had expectations about what was to come that afternoon, I don’t think my experience of it all would have been so pure, unidentified and incredible. I’m pretty certain that I would have jaded it with my expectations and notions.
Beginner’s luck is not knowing the odds, and not blocking the possibilities with fears or ideas by dwelling on the odds. If you know the odds, you tend to focus on them which create an experience of odds. If you don’t know anything about the odds, well – you’re open to the possibilities. So there you go. Surrendering is a really big clue about how to live in a way that opens your life up to all things possible. If you empty your mind of odds and negativity, you are creating a wind tunnel for everything good to come through. Clear the slate today. Be present. Experience life with beginner’s luck. Stand in the ground-zero of your life and open yourself up to everything possible! Let’s see how far we can go. (I’m not even aiming for the stars anymore because that would be limiting myself from what’s beyond them!)