“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu
This month we are thinking about Love. I wanted to write about acceptance as a form of love.
To accept ourselves exactly as we are means that we withhold judgment, release resistance, and just be.
How many times over the years have we struggled with how we look, our level of physical fitness, our workload, or our relationships?
In looking back at catalytic points in my life they involved awareness followed by acceptance which manifested itself as self love and love of others. This has enabled me to let go of harmful thinking patterns as well as negative self -image and even criticism of success.
Sometimes a simple pattern we have held since childhood like “ I can’t draw, I’m no Picasso” has negatively affected us. When we look at it head on we realize that an erroneous framework that we adopted based on one woman’s input when we were 5 years old had been negatively affecting the choices we have made ever since. By investigating it and releasing attachment to it opportunities and paths opened up.
So when you come face to face with some very specific resistance, “No, I don’t want to go to that stupid workshop” it may be fruitful to
StopBreathe and Look
Be willing to take a closer look at it, either by choosing to go to the workshop or asking the question where is this coming from? When we afford ourselves the opportunity to investigate preconceived notions and challenge the existing paradigm both within and without it facilitates change.
Change that brings us closer to an acceptance of where we are and who we are at any given point in our lives
“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” ―Alice Walker