Learning To Accept

For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you already know that I’ve been cruising along on a spiritual journey for the last couple of years and it has taken me to places I’ve never dreamt of visiting. One of those places is deep inside myself, behind all the thoughts generated by the ego, to the Being who lives inside all of us and connects us all universally.

One of the most fundamental aspects of my journey on the road to enlightenment (or whatever you may call it) has been learning to accept what is and learning how to stop fighting against it. The majority of the world lives in either a near constant state of unhappiness (which I use collectively as a term for all negativity). We fight against accepting what is going on in our lives with statements such as, “I don’t want to live like this,” or, “I don’t want to feel this way,” or, “This isn’t fair,” etc.  It’s ironic, but the mere thought of denying how we feel actually pulls us deeper into that feeling.

For example, if I am in a terrible mood and I think to myself, “I don’t want to be in this terrible mood,” I am fighting against myself by adding more negativity into an already negative situation. All it usually takes to snap out of a negative thought pattern is to recognize when it is occuring. It takes practice, but anyone can do it. That instant of recognition is usually enough to temporarily stop the negative pattern in its tracks (and, the more practiced you become at it, the longer it will cease to occur).

If I am in a terrible mood and I recognize it, the mood usually changes instantly. It’s as though I say to myself (without speaking), “I recognize that I am in a terrible mood and I am okay with that.” The mere act of recognizing it and letting it be (ie. not fighting against it) is all that is needed for the mood, and the thoughts behind it, to disappear.

Think about your own thought patterns for a moment. How often do you spend valuable time denying your feelings? How often do you fight against yourself, spinning yourself further down the negativity web, by thinking I don’t want to be like this or feel like this or look like this, etc.? Now think about how much easier your life would be if you could stop fighting against yourself by training yourself to learn to accept what is going on in your life at this moment. Can you see the potential for kicking negativity’s ass?

Negative thought patterns are an addiction that the human race needs to learn how to overcome and, as with all addictions, acceptance is the first step to recovery.

Be mindful of your thoughts and accepting of them and a whole new world will start to open up to you.

I wish you all enough…

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