Pebbles on Water

Acceptance is freedom from suffering

One of the greatest causes of our unhappiness, stress, and anger, in fact just about every bad feeling is lack of acceptance.

We want things to be different.

We don& want them to be the way they are…

If you want to have any sense of peace and joy in your life then you must learn acceptance.

Accepting that things are the way they are does not mean that you have to tolerate that they continue this way.

Accepting that things are the way they are does not mean that you approve of what happened to make them this way.

What acceptance does is it frees you from the emotional burden caused by wanting the present to be different…

…and allows you to use all your energy on creating the future the way you want it to be.

There are many things in everyone’s life that shouldn’t have happened. They did. Accept it. You cannot “unhappen” it.

What you can do is to take steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

There are many things in everyone’s life that should have happened. They didn’t. Accept it. You cannot go back and “happen” them.

What you can do is take steps to do the things you know you should do.

In the present moment… breath.

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