“Sometimes, Teresa said, the Beloved allows certain circumstances, even perhaps painful ones, that we would not willingly choose so that we may learn and grow. Surrender is the key word, easy to say, but far more difficult to live. We wrestle with the Beloved at every moment that we resist what is happening in our lives. For Teresa, surrender was a lifelong project; at no point should we become discouraged. Even when we fall back into our own will, the Beloved can also use this for our benefit.
Who are we to give advice to the divine? God already knows our needs and is waiting anxiously to meet them. The ego, however, will take us on many detours, and we will expend a lot of energy as we try to make things happen in accordance with our desires. By aligning our will to our inner Beloved-self, we can travel much more quickly and easily to a life of fulfillment.”
Megan Don, in “Meditations with Teresa of Avila”
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