Acceptance is a powerful spiritual practice. It is not the same as acquiescence, nor is it the same as resignation. Acceptance is a powerful forward motion based on the deep realization that everything is in its right place, and that arguing with Reality is pointless and painful and has the effect of bringing progress to a standstill.
To accept life as it is means to not argue with how life shows up. Think of the phrase "go with the flow" and you'll get an idea of what accepting life as it is feels like.
Sometimes people mistake accepting life as it is to be giving up, or settling for anything. No, it's an attitude towards life that comes from understanding that there are always options, choices, and possibilities that can be selected without being motivated by anxiety or urgency.
Things You Can Do To Accept Life As It Is Today:
- Practice saying "yes" to whatever comes your way today. (Of course, exercise maturity and wisdom, this is not intended to encourage you to be agreable to dangerous or harmful activities. I'm talking about saying yes when you are presented with a task you're rather not be doing, so that you can experience what happens when you do the task without resistance. Or saying yes to an invitation to have lunch, and so on.
- Pay attention to your bodily responses when you notice you don't want to do or accept something. Consciously breath, relax and let notice what it feels like. Ask yourself "What am I telling myself this means?" And try to imagine what it would be like ifthe meaning you are adding to the situation was removed.