Acceptance of All

“Accept everything that arises: Accept your feelings, even the ones you wish you did not have. Accept your experiences, even the ones you hate. Don’t condemn yourself for having human flaws and failings. Learn to see all the phenomena in the mind as being perfectly natural and understandable. Try to exercise a disinterested acceptance at all times and with respect to everything you experience.”

Venerable Henepola Gunaratana: Chapter 4: Attitude

From Dharmaweb

This is one of those “easy to say; hard to do” concepts. I don’t even have to do anything wrong to have shame triggered. It is so annoying. Sometimes I love being me and other times I hate my life. The problem with shame is that berating yourself for having it only entrenches it further. So there I am, trying to just simply accept feeling shameful and trying not to create further internal drama.

Emotional entanglement, I see now, is never positive. It just doesn’t help. The more wrapped up in something I become, the bigger the object I will have to let go of eventually and the longer it will take me to sort things out to get some clarity.

 

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About cdhoagpurple

I have an MBA, am married to a GM/UAW retiree with Huntington's Disease. I am more Buddhist than Christian. I plan on moving to Virginia when widowed. I have a friend''s parents that live down there and another friend living in Maryland. I am simplifying my life in preparation for the eventual move.Eight years ago, my husband had stage 4 cancer. I am truly "neither here nor there." My identity shifts and I am always surprised where I end up. 2015 was my hardest year ever. This is my Dark Night of the Soul. Welcome to it.

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