acceptance 3 - letting
entire life. . . consists
ultimately of accepting
ourselves as we
Several of our children have married outside my
faith. Would I prefer they marry
within their religion? Yes, because I know
marrying outside the family faith
likely bring them more
problems--but not from me. My job is to accept
them and love
them, not to criticize them and make their lives more difficult.
two angels were sent down from heaven--one to conduct an empire,
the other to sweep a street--they would feel no inclination to
of the worst features about worrying is that it destroys our
to concentrate. When we worry, our minds jump here and there and
and we lose all
power of decision. However, when we force ourselves to
face the worst and accept
it mentally, we then eliminate all these vague imaginings
and put ourselves in a
position in which we are
able to concentrate on our problem.
Willis H. Carrier
people with the clear heads are the ones who look life in
realize that everything in it is problematic, and feel
themselves lost. And this is the simple truth: that to live is to feel
oneself lost. Those
who accept it have already begun to find themselves, to be
on firm ground.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
we accept what happens to us
and make the best of it, we are praising God.
Teresa of Avila
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When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs
you can accept the flow
of life and give in to it,
you will be
what is real. Only when you accept what is real
can you live with it in
and happiness. The alternative
is a struggle
that will never end
because it is a struggle with
with a mirage
instead of life itself.
|The transition from rebellion to acceptance
has an extremely important consequence. . . in which we
start seeing life as a training school, to teach us what
we need to learn.
Rowing against the tide is hard and
uncertain. To go with the tide and thus take advantage
of the workings of the great natural force is safe and easy.
when you can accept
that you are alone,
will you discover
that you are
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started to discover the meaning of happiness when I started
to discover--and practice--the art of acceptance. When I
to accept life for what it was and I started to accept whatever
situation I was in as the way things were, I started to see that
my happiness depended on my own attitude. When I started
on getting the most out of my life the way it was rather
to turn it into what I thought it should be, I started to
that I was, indeed, becoming a much happier person.
is not a talent you either have or donít have.
Itís a learned response.
My meditation teacher made a great point
about the difference between a reaction and a response:
not have control over your initial reaction to something, but you
decide what your response will be.
You donít have to be at the mercy
of your emotions, and acceptance can be your first step toward
empowerment . . . For me, acceptance has been the cornerstone
to my having an emotionally healthy response to my illness.
Morrie: In His Own Words
kind of weather are we going to have today?
Shepherd: The kind of
weather I like.
Traveler: How do you know
it will be the kind of weather you like?
Shepherd: Having found out,
sir, I cannot always get what I like, I have learned
always to like what I get. So I am quite sure we
will have the kind of weather I like.
Anthony De Mello
of people have wrecked their
lives in angry turmoil, because
refused to accept the worst; refused
to try to improve upon it;
salvage what they
could from the wreck.
Instead of trying to reconstruct
fortunes, they engaged in
and "violent contest with
and ended up victims of that
fixation known as melancholia.
cannot change anything unless we accept it.
Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
the extent that we honor all aspects of ourselves, we remove
self-hate, horror, and terror from our lives. As
whole human beings we are
the creatures of the greatest complexity
on this planet. Respect for this
complexity includes our
insisting on acceptance of the inconsistent and incongruous.
not a state of passivity or inaction. We are not
saying you can't change the world, right wrongs or replace
with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to
action. If you don't fully accept a situation
precisely the way
it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover,
don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know
if the situation should be changed.
John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
The moment that judgment stops through
acceptance of what it is,
you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for
joy, for peace.
Practicing the Power of Now
life only saps our energy, blocking us from the love,
healing, and compassion available to us from our own hearts.
Once we accept our given reality, our energy shifts. Release
you accept that you are not in charge of everything, you can
begin to work with the one who really is in charge.
This has been
my experience; when I accepted that I was not in charge and
to work with someone else's plan, the Boss showed up.
are a team and I have less to be concerned about. He
schedule. I just follow it, and when He is taking a
day off my wife steps in.
Flow with whatever may happen and let your
mind be free.
Stay centered by acceptance. This is the ultimate.
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of the dragons and fears inside you. Nonjudgmentally
observing feelings gives us the opportunity to understand
better and allows the feelings themselves to heal and
you fearfully resist feelings, labeling them bad/wrong/ugly,
stick to your mind and grow. Acknowledge all of
your feelings. You
don't need to act on them; just see that they are within
your dragons into the light of your attention and
accept them. Feelings aren't right or wrong;
they just are. A gentle
climate of love and acceptance fosters the possibility of
growth in feelings that only worsen if kept hidden.
Courage to Be Yourself
There are things I
can't force. I must adjust. There are times when
the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
accept the inevitable; neither to struggle against it
nor murmur at it--this is the great lesson of life.
Dinah Mulock Craik