“Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. The only place where you can experience the flow of life is the Now, so to surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation. It is to relinquish inner resistance to what is.” Eckhart Tolle (from A New Earth)
As I work with the application of Tolle Teaching to my everyday life, the biggest obstacle is our noun based language. For instance, “the flow of life” in our language is something or an IT. Flow of life is third person, something objective that I experience. Tolle instruction to yield instead of opposing is through our language understood as something I should do: noun-verb-noun; subject/object. Through the constraints of our language I as subject must do something to an object, in this case, “the flow of life.
And then the “only place” (noun) where you (noun) can experience (do something) is the Now (another place.” We are presented with instruction for a First Person realization through a manual written in third person. Imagine that you are a computer and you just got instructions on how to optimized yourself. Or you are given a manual on how to operate on yourself, or pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.
The Now is not in some place or time. But when described as an IT in space/timeby our language the instructions don’t make sense, and if they do make intellectual sense, they don’t actually do anything. It remains a thought puzzle and one tries to solve with the intellect. We remain stuck in our language and thought.
Personally, I have found the study of Tolle itself is a surrender of the intellect’s struggle to understand it. One must yield to Tolle Teaching instead of struggling to understand it within the boundaries of language and thought (which is the same). The Now is transcendent of thinking and cannot be discovered through language and thought.