To be present in this moment and meditate, it helps if we are relaxed. To relax we need to Accept where we are and they way things are.
Acceptance is a important step to shift our thinking. It doesn't mean it will always be easy and also its doesn't mean that we accept and not do anything else. Rather we accept so that we can do something from a place of wisdom.
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Accepting actively the way things are instead of the way we want them to be. We can accept or we can spend our effort wanting things to be otherwise and forcing them to be to our liking. If we can accept then brings freedom and gives us space to be present to then respond with a choice. A choice that comes from a place of calmness.
There are Seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as the “major pillars of mindfulness practice”. The second one is Acceptance: First step towards being in the moment is Acknowledging and accepting things just the way they are. With acceptance comes freedom. It opens us to a window to wisdom.
Try below practice to cultivate Acceptance as part of your Mindfulness meditation:
REFLECT: As you settle, on Acceptance – what thoughts come to mind? What are you easily able to accept and what events, people, thing are harder to accept?
See if you can Note your thoughts, feelings and sensations without getting hooked into the experience. If you feel any light or strong emotions like anger, anxiety, feelings like worry.
RESPOND: Come back to breathing, slow deep breathing. Let go of whats not needed, accepting things as they are. Let breath help you calm and from here decide with your power of choice – what you want and choose to do.
INTEGRATE: Remember this “Acceptance” exercise. Breathe Relax, Accept and Choose what you would like to focus on.
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
About the Author of Quote: Lao Tzu, also rendered as Laozi and Lao-Tze, was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the moment. Mindfulness has many benefits for us at work and in personal life, such as increased focus and happiness. The practice can help us reduce stress and anxiety.
What it is: Mindfulness can be defined as ‘Non-judgmental, moment to moment awareness’
What it isn’t: Emptying the mind, Achieving Relaxation or Religion.
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