Acceptance.

My favourite way to start the day.

Being aware of my breathing. And trying to accept everything, just as it is.

Accepting all physical sensations.
Accepting how I feel emotionally.
Accepting my mental state.
Accepting all the parts of my life, relationships, work, tasks, finances and challenges.

Dwelling on the fact that in this moment, everything IS AS IT IS.
Instead of rushing off into my head and heart, writing stories, creating labels and making judgements.

Just accepting, allowing and being thankful for all that is.

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Never Mind The Weather.

When it rains it rains.
When it’s sunny it’s sunny.
When it’s hot or cold it’s hot or cold.
When it’s ‘just right’ it’s simply just that.

You can’t change the weather. It would be foolish to think you could.
So why do you rail against the way you feel?

The storms rise and fall within you.
Some days feel blustery, while others feel calm.
The sun shines. Or the grey cloud just blankets your being.

Minute by minute your moods shift and change like the winds.
You can’t change the way you feel in this moment by force of will.
So accept this moment. This feeling. The ‘good’ the ‘bad’ and the ‘indifferent’.

When the storms rage maybe just take cover.
The cover of your acceptance with awareness of breath as your anchor.

Al things change. They can’t not.
The dance of impermanence is played out in your body, heart and mind, with each passing blip of time.

So for now, if the darkness cloaks you, the rains lash, or the sun burns your skin, you could maybe just take cover – take rest – and watch, watch, watch and wait as the atmosphere changes, naturally, in its own sweet time. Your nose pressed against the window with patience, acceptance, and a strong intent to not write stories to match the way you feel.

And everything will change.
Maybe sooner. Maybe later. Maybe today. Maybe not.

Let it be.

And then when the air feels fresh and clear again, and the light shines kindly on you, then take the opportunity to begin the process of gratitude once more.

Use the times you feel good to create, with positive expectation, thankfulness and a heart full of wonder.

Use the times you feel down, anxious, angry or any of the less palatable sensations to practice accepting things, just as they are.

There is enormous power in your acceptance of what is.

You can’t change the weather.
But you can change your mind.

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And then the overwhelm lands, flonk, in your lap.
The emotions jangle. The tension, the sadness, the anxiety and bubbling anger.
And it fuels the thoughts. Loops it round and around.
Bad feeling. Bad thought.

And. Repeat.

But.

Is it so bad? Or is it just another expression of the moment? The who you are right now. The what you are experiencing that just is, is and is.

It’s tough to remain in peace and equanimity when you feel so crushed by the feelings and their accompanying thoughts.

But maybe just write it all out at length. Spill your guts onto the page. Vomit the thoughts out, so their powerful tug is lessened. And then go and sit. Close you eyes. And take some breaths. Feel the expression of these thoughts and feelings as they ripple over and through your body and mind.

These unwelcome guests may just be messengers from god. An invitation to come closer. A wide-armed welcome that leads you to the divine.

Because you ARE the divine. And everything you feel is just that too.

Little. Bits. Of. God.

Expressed in their most powerful human form.

flow. golden flow.

Go with the flow.
Don’t push and strain.

Hard work gets stuff done for sure.
But it also serves to generate more of the same.

Hard.
Work.

So sniff out the easy path.
The least resisting route.
The smooth journey to the top.
(Wherever on heaven and earth the top may be).

Listen.
Be still.
And, in the still of your heart.
Allow the answers to come.

Getting away from that constant chitter-chatter within will serve you well in this.

And then certainly try not to resist the way the flow is nudging you and cajoling you and willing you on.

Feels scary that way?
For sure it might.
But fear is an illusion.
Sensations and stories and old methods on loop.

You’ve got to break the cycle sometime.
May as well be now.

The natural flow of creation is unstoppable.
Mighty.
Powerful energy that keeps on rolling on and on and on.

So, why resist?

Jump in.
Aim your feet downstream.
And enjoy the ride.

See that rainbow overhead?
There’s gold at the end.
Just within reach.

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Find your path. Then walk on it.

There are many ways up the mountain.

Try them. Discuss them. Change them. Amalgamate them. Experiment with them.

Find what works for you now. And do that.

Just be mindful that you’re not hurting anyone in the process. (Including yourself)

The definition of madness is simply walking round and around the foot of the mountain, shouting abuse at everyone who is finding their path.

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