Acceptance is not what you might think. A lot has been said about mindfulness being nonjudgmental. This does not mean we don’t have feelings about things that might be unpleasant. It just means that we should spend a moment accepting what is right in front of us or within us before we rush to making a hasty decision based on strong emotions.
Acceptance does not mean:
- You deny your feelings
- You have to like it.
- You have to “suck it up”
- You are neutral or indifferent to an injustice.
- You have to make something positive out of it
- You have to agree with what is present
In the coolest form of acceptance is non-resistance. This enables us to meet whatever is showing up and getting to know each intimately before we investigate it and ask ourselves, “What is called for now?”
by Dr. Allan Donsky