Written by Amie on January 9, 2009 – 3:39 am -

“Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the is-ness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.” Eckhart Tolle

This sounds like such an easy thing for us to do, but in reality, it can be very difficult. As in everything that is important to us, practice is the key! Whenever we are having emotions about something, sometimes the first reaction is to resist it, or to try to push it away. Deciding to accept and feel the feelings is a brave thing to do. Sometimes by resisting the feelings, we may think that they will just go away. I have learned through trial and error of course, that they keep coming back until I decide to accept them, deal with them, take action if need be, and then move on. 

Accepting what is makes it a lot easier on us. When I live my life in the healthiest way that I know how to, there will be disappointment, sadness, many emotions. So, I know that what happens, happens because it was supposed to happen, and it was put into my life to help me learn and grow. It was part of my soul path. I can either choose to accept it, or I can push against it, trying to control it and make a different outcome happen. Chances are good that the outcome will stay the same. So, it was supposed to happen because that’s what happened!  To me, this doesn’t mean to sit by passively and throw our hands up in the air and not try to live a joyous life. To me it means to try to experience as much joy as I possibly can, knowing that difficult things might show up. If I live my life in the most  authentic way that I am able to, I know that I am doing the best I can. Accepting the truth of what is right now in this moment dissolves the suffering. In my experience, I have  had to accept the same thing over and over until I feel myself release it. 

Acceptance equals freedom from suffering.


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