What does it mean to have true acceptance in our lives and how would it change our state of inner peace? When we explore deep inside ourselves most of us discover that what we truly desire is to experience peace within.

Inner peace comes when we accept our lives and ourselves as we are right now. It is resistance that creates pain and suffering. When I talk to friends and clients about acceptance they often tell me that they don’t want to accept their situation, whether it be a relationship they are in, their body, their job or various other things, as it is because they want things to change. The truth is that it is only when we practice acceptance that we are really able to transform those things that no longer satisfy or serve us. The practice of naming something as it is with compassion and not judgement, immediately begins its transformation. Acceptance does not mean that you tolerate things in your life and do not use your voice to speak up or take action for growth and change. We are constantly evolving and unfolding and must stay open to what is ahead. It provides a platform out of which we can move towards a life filled with possibilities.

What do you have a difficult time accepting about yourself and your life? What are the things you fear or judge? When we can come to a true and heartfelt acceptance we find the gifts in any situation. That is something we do have power over. Spending precious time and energy fretting and resisting the things we don’t like will just keep us in a stuck state and actually create more pain. Remember though true acceptance is in the heart and not the mind alone.

From the time we come into being in absolute divine perfection we learn about what is not right with us and create walls of protection around our perceived imperfections. In practicing true acceptance we see ourselves clearly, love and accept who we are and communicate openly and honestly from our hearts. This can then allow us to enjoy life and really live it. At some of the most challenging and difficult times of my life it has been acceptance that has allowed me to tap into my inner strength and guidance. Look into yourself. Is it situations that you have a hard time accepting or is it difficult to accept yourself in your body, your personality, your level of education, your intellect, your aging to name a few. Let me know.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie

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