“This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness.
Some momentary awareness
comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!…
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”
To practice true acceptance means embracing all of who we are and our lives as we are in the present moment. This does not mean that you don’t have goals and dreams for what is ahead or an intention to grow and expand. It does not mean tolerating your life and giving up. Quite the opposite. It is this acceptance that provides the ground from which we can grow and expand and build. It frees us up from the work of fixing what we think makes us unworthy and hiding what we feel shame about. Being fully present with true acceptance also limits the fear and anxiety that has become such a powerful presence in our daily lives.
Of course the first step is always bringing awareness to each moment, noticing our thoughts and our feelings and our bodies. Accepting what those are with open-hearted acceptance allows us to know our inner unconscious patterns that drive us. In the spirit of unconditional acceptance, we are then able to fully explore those patterns within so we can ultimately let go of the pain of not feeling good enough. Then we can step into the beauty of who we are in our essential Selves and live compassionate lives and contribute lovingly to our world.
Next week I will be away on my MIndfulness Training Course so there will be no meditation.
Have a beautiful week.
Love and Light, Marion