Acceptance is one of those feelings that are grossly misunderstood. Many think that adopting an attitude of acceptance means passivity or the condoning of violent or malicious acts. This not the case. Acceptance merely means to acknowledge a given situation ‘as is’ and stop experiencing feelings of resistance to the reality of a given situation, person or thing… that only depletes your energy and cause you to feel stressed. I have found that the resistance to a particular reality can be subtle, an inner tension rather than a clear or conscious thought.
Acceptance of reality even when it runs counter to our preferences allows us to remain engaged in life without uselessly forcing our own agenda. Instead of using precious energy to resist or fight in vain (even inwardly), we are open to many more possible and potent outcomes. It is truly amazing to watch what happens when we truly embrace acceptance. Perhaps the most amazing thing is that so many problems simply fall away when we release habitual reactivity!
So practicing acceptance can be a powerful stress management tool! Where could you use some acceptance in your life? Maybe trying an experiment to see how it may work would be interesting….but remember to check in with those subtle inner feelings so as to not be working against yourself. I found I could have the thought/belief around acceptance but my inner self had a different stance that blocked something new from happening. Once I let go of that things began to flow, change and I could move forward with more freedom and ease.
Would love to hear our experiences around the topic of acceptance!
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