Self-Acceptance is the Way

“Mindfulness practice suggests that we give up on self-improvement and instead begin a course on self-acceptance. The way out of our unhappiness is not to fix ourselves.” – Henry Emmons, The Chemistry Of Joy

Do you accept yourself for who you are? Can you forgive yourself and move on? Do you love yourself and have self-compassion? Be aware of the burden of your thoughts. Do you suffer because you can’t let go of something?

Here is a cradling exercise, by Angeles Arrien, from the book, The Four-Fold Way. This cradling exercise is a four-fold practice of honoring who you are and remembering the interconnectedness that supports and binds all beings together.

Cradling Exercise: Lie down and place your right hand over your heart, and your left hand over your right hand. Then mindfully contemplate the following:

  • Acknowledge your strengths and talents
  • Acknowledge what character qualities you like about yourself
  • Acknowledge the contributions that you have made and are making
  • Acknowledge the love given and the love received

Namaste, world.

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What You Believe Becomes Your World

“That which you believe becomes your world.” Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come

What is the quality of my thoughts? What am I clinging to in life? The world will throw many things at me, but can I keep my strength and composure? I believe no matter what circumstances I am in, I can be well and grounded. As my Buddhist teacher, Bhante Sathi, says to me, “Don’t lose yourself.” Sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Last week I saw the movie, What Dreams May Come, and I realized that I am clinging onto my life. When I die, can I let go of my life and move on? Can I pack my bags and leave everything behind? Can I live well and die well?

I have seen many people die well. A few days ago, I was with an elderly woman who was dying of pancreatic cancer. She had a sweet smile on her face. She looked so innocent, and she had a brightness about her even though she was dying.

I have seen hundreds of people go through the dying process, and every one of them looked innocent. They are preparing to let go of their current lives and embark on a new journey. It’s a natural process, and our body and spirit knows what to do.

My message to you – the reader: You were born innocent, and you will die innocent. Between birth and death is a story. It’s a very important story – your lived story. What you believe becomes your world.

Namaste, world.