Acceptance involves a willingness to be with uncomfortable memories, thoughts, sensations, and emotions without attempts to suppress or minimize them. This process encourages openness to internal experiences, including experiences that are uncomfortable, with judging them or trying to change them. Many mindfulness practices facilitate attention to and awareness of experiences as they are, and thus experiential avoidance is incompatible with being truly mindful. By reducing avoidance, acceptance facilitates engagement in behaviors that may increase quality of life.
how our anger and despair feed the endless loop of all that we find wrong with us….
inquiry for today~ these ideas of compassion are not the weak and airy shadows we once thought…..what does it mean to bring strength to our ability to care?
The Dalai Lama often says, “We all naturally desire happiness and not to suffer.” He writes of “genuine happiness”- which has “inner peace” as its principal characteristic, “is rooted in concern of others and involves a high degree of sensitivity and feeling,” and provides a basic sense of well-being that cannot be undermined, “no matter what difficulties we encounter in life.” He distinguishes this happiness and sought by many, lack those qualities. He is pointing to those central questions at the heart of our lives, about what brings genuine happiness and should be the object of our seeking.
~James W. Hopper