“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
– Eckhart Tolle
Actually my experience these last few weeks has shown me that acceptance is not only a process, it is often multi-layered. What does that mean, you ask?
Let me start with a major life transition. I am home – or what has felt like home for a few years; and from which I have lived away for the last three years. The details of this transition are interesting at most and boring for some, at worst. So, I will not entertain or bore you with any details. However, in this process, I have cultivated deep listening, objective observation and in the absence of quiet time, enjoyed more than a few podcasts with Eckhart Tolle and Oprah as they replayed the webinar from 2008 on his groundbreaking book, “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”.
My experiences these last weeks have shown me that the idea of acceptance can be overwhelming at times, regardless of how much practice I have had in the past. I am still human and living a human life at this time on this planet. That alone presents challenges that we may not realize – again – until we do.
What I accepted yesterday seems, at times to show me another layer of the same thing the very next day. I cannot conjure one example to share with you at this moment. I can only tell you that in this transition, with all of the details, challenges and blessings, I’ve had opportunities to witness my acceptance of self, others and in multiple situations.
What have I realized from all of this?
Acceptance can be a layered process.
Gratitude is the very best way of being. Gratitude for what is (acceptance) can unfold blessings in ways unimagined.
Kindness always rises above being right. Kindness is what we all have the capacity to be.
We attract what we are (i.e. like attracts like).
Nothing happens for nothing. There are blessings, lessons and reminders all around us in each and every day that we wake up and step into life.
Each day its new – if we can open our hearts and minds to greeting each one that way. We have what we need for whatever we may see, face or experience in any moment, any day. Each moment is new; if we can slow down, breathe and allow it to be.
“This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.”
– Maya Angelou
My hope for all of you is for the renewal that is available in each moment. May the impending Spring unfold new beginnings for us all.
“…old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17