The essential challenge is twofold – to surrender both our will and our life. By “will” I mean our ego; that which generates the assessments we make and the opinions we form about ourselves, our lives, and the world we live in. It manages our sense of identity and monitors our well-being, which are positive and necessary functions, but is often manipulative and demanding in acquiring those things for us that it feels we need to survive and prosper.
By “life” I mean our actual physical situation and the material chain of events that constitute the moments of our lives as we live it. This includes the goals and ambitions of a tangible nature that we might be actively working towards in both our private lives and professional careers, and encompasses everything from the changing of the world to the taking out of the garbage.