Our daily struggles are often the result of unmet expectations, plans gone awry, and feeling like we have no control of situations. How to foster a state of inner peace and accept whatever comes our way?
When we learn the art of acceptance, it is the acceptance that makes life successful.
Life is full of surprises, and navigating change is not always easy. It is better not to expect too much. When we are able to accept whatever life throws at us, we learn to constantly adapt to situations and the actions of ourselves and others without being disturbed. There is no perfect human being. We are colliding against each other with our imperfections!
We accept some things with so much joy and have aversion to others. It is when our hearts become small that acceptance bids goodbye. We more easily accept people and their idiosyncrasies when they are our own. When they are not our own, it is a different matter. But connecting with our hearts and diving deep within brings a new perspective and allows us to accept and grow with empathy and compassion.
Here are some simple practices to foster acceptance of ourselves and others:
Sit quietly and give yourself a hug, with feelings of cherishing the person you are. Rest quietly in this pose for a while. This can release feelings of anxiety, sadness, and persistent thoughts of difficult situations or hurt given or received.
Sometimes it is difficult to accept the behavior and actions of others. It disturbs our equanimity and causes distress. This exercise helps us to feel more accepting and understanding of them.
Initially you may feel resistance, but if you are courageous it will become easier as you do it.
These practices are more effective once you have had three free Heartfulness meditation sessions with a certified trainer. You can find and contact a trainer near you at www.heartspots.heartfulness.org.
I wish you all the best,