Just because something is “real,” I don’t have to like it, approve it, or leave it as it is. Acceptance is a valuable experience. It allows me to understand what is true right now. With this, I can then formulate a course of action if necessary.
The opposite of denial.
Not actively fighting reality.
Validating the way I feel.
Recognizing the way I feel as a passing experience.
Being aware of what is real and factual. (And separating this from thoughts and feelings about it.)
Knowing whatever is true right now is okay because it ALREADY IS. (It is fruitless to try to change reality.)
There is much noise in today’s world. Many voices compete to tell us what to do, how to do it, and why we NEED to do it this way.
When I’m still, I believe I “should” be moving. When I’m moving, I question if the action I’m taking is the “right” or “best” one.
Action is great. However, the value of pause and introspection can be overlooked.
Mindfulness is an opportunity to bring focused awareness to the present. To accept what reality is without needing to take immediate action to “fix” or change.
Tuning into the sensations in my body, emotions, and thoughts with nonattachment and equanimity allow me freedom from uncomfortable feelings which arise from my belief that I need to “take action” and “figure everything out.”
Being aware of, acknowledging, and accepting the present moment gifts me with space. In the space, I can experience the joy, peace, and beauty of life in the now.
This is the third year I’ve been involved with the Inklings Book Contest through the Society of Young Inklings. I’m proud to be a part of this contest. It is an exciting opportunity for serious young writers.
Today I had the honor of providing some writing coaching to one of the winners of the contest whose story is ultimately going to be published in the 2019 Inklings Book.
You might want to meet these amazing young authors when they sign copies of the book in August at the book launch party. Stay connected for updates and more information.
I’m excited to be offering two workshops at the next YMCA Camp Campbell Women’s Wellness Weekend in Boulder Creek, CA. The event runs from 4:00 PM Friday April 12 through noon on Sunday April 14. My workshops will be on Saturday, April 13. I’ll be leading: