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[Reclaim Your Life Nuggets] What are you finding hard to accept?
September 08, 2013
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Today I'll start with asking you to think of something in your life that you are finding hard to accept. It could be something that is happening to you, or something to do with someone else that's affecting you.
The nature of life is to bring such challenges to us. Challenges that interfere with our peace. They could be extremely challenging or just a bit challenging, but did you ever stop to assess where the challenge really is?
If you genuinely want to get to the bottom of things, which is what Reclaim Your Life is all about, you will see that challenges start when we resist what already is, when in most cases - the thing we resist is really beyond our ability to change.
If someone said or did something that upset you - will not accepting it change anything, or make you more upset? And what if death takes someone close to you? Or if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness? And I could probably go on and on with more examples of a variety of different things that usually trigger 'upset' in us.
Do you realize that when you argue with reality, and spend all your energy making it wrong, not only do you put off your responsibility for how you feel, but you are actually being drained of your power.
Unfortunately - arguing with something that we perceive as wrong has become the most common response embedded in our conditioning. It actually takes becoming aware of this conditioning to go beyond it and into acceptance.
Acceptance - is our gateway to power. Acceptance, as opposed to 'making something wrong', actually allows you to seek and understand reality from another perspective.
You see, the truth is, nothing ever really is 'wrong'. It always just is the way it is. When we argue with reality, and spend all our energy making it wrong, not only do we put off our responsibility for how we feel, but we are actually being drained of our power.
Let's look at people who are diagnosed with a serious health condition - the natural initial response would likely be devastation. Be that as it may - the longer we hold onto this response - the more drained we are of our power, and more than that - we make it so wrong and down the line it turns into hate - as our suffering increases through deterioration of the condition and our body's health. Hate of this disease and of our suffering.
On the other hand - if we become aware of this conditioned response - we then are able to replace it with acceptance, and that allows us to tap into the power that we all have - to go beyond our one perspective and find a bigger picture that will allow us to actively create change.
Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
~ Lao Tzu
And if you are familiar with the serenity prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference - knowing the difference allows you to use the power opening up to you through acceptance to change the things that you can change, starting with the mind made suffering.
Yes, it may be easier said than done though aiming to internalize this approach and apply it where you can will greatly upgrade your life experience, so when challenged with ANYTHING - remember that acceptance is your gateway to power
And I'll end with another quote from a very inspiring person:
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