Just recently I have been working with someone exploring "letting go" and what it truly means both as a concept and also an experience. Letting go, or surrendering is something very active and is different from giving up, which is something very passive. Surrender invites us to be present and to be fluid with every moment of our lives and instead of fighting against what is happening we can use most situations life throws us to grow and evolve. We can only learn to swim in the sea, because we cannot control the sea. If we can develop faith in life and let go into what is happening, life will always surpass our expectations.
This is a beautiful quote from a little book called "The Yamas & Niyamas" by Deborah Adele:
"Like white water rafting, surrender is learning to skillfully ride with what the moment gives us, all the while enjoying the process, whether we glide through safely or tip over and get wet."