Acceptance is one of those feelings that are grossly misunderstood. Many think that adopting an attitude of acceptance means passivity or the condoning of violent, malicious acts or negative behavior. This need not be the case. Acceptance merely means to acknowledge a given situation ‘as is’. This allows you to remain engaged in life without uselessly forcing your own agenda. Instead of using precious energy to resist or fight in vain, you are open to many more possible and potent outcomes. It is truly amazing to watch what happens when you truly embrace acceptance and perhaps the most amazing thing is that so many problems simply fall away!
Since acceptance permits you to remain neutral, you can see more clearly where the best efforts are to be made in a given situation. The calmness that accompanies acceptance can open you to wider perception and it helps you to move from a position of blaming to one of resolving problems.
Typically people who embody the quality of acceptance have a sense of balance, appropriateness, self discipline and mastery about them. At this level equality becomes truly honored and not just a lofty ideal to be spouted about. So it follows that there is greater tolerance for diversity and more inclusion which always results in greater richness, growth and deeper connection for all involved.
Next time: Steps to release stress through acceptance