acceptance

Being Aware

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“When we lose awareness of and do not meditate on the existence of suffering in all things, we can easily be pushed around by passions and desires for worldly things, increasingly destroying our lives in the pursuit of these desires. Only by being aware of suffering can we find its cause, confront it directly, and eliminate it.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Real Treasure

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“It’s funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating.”

~ Jack Handey

Love Is Personal

To see people as they are (this is real love) we must first see ourselves as we are. Whatever condition. This is living presence. Old. Young. Sad. Happy. Hurt. Grieving. Lost. Hopeful. Proud. To see ourselves and to reflect back acceptance. Without condition. Unconditional. To see a person (to make it personal) instead of an object to shape (I object that you are a in this condition. Please change on my terms). Only then can we look at another and reflect back that personal love. (I see you and I love you right now. I understand. I stand with you.) This tells the other that there is no need to worry. This clears the mind and clears the way. This open doors. Isn’t this the love of Jesus?

This moves the world in a new direction, one step and one person at a time. Love is personal. How can we continue to object to that?

Surrender

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“Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

Painting by Stanislav Zhukovsky (1897)

The Gift Of God

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“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:1-10