"Acceptance has everything to do with simplicity, with sitting in the ordinary place, with bearing witness to the plain facts of our lives, with not just starting at the essentials, but ending up there. Acceptance speaks in the gentlest voice. It commands only that we acknowledge what's true." Cheryl Strayed - From her book "Brave Enough"
Acceptance seems like a weak word, a plain no frills kinda experience; to just be here now and bear witness to what is.
Yet, it is extremely hard to literally do just that.
To accept without adding anything.
Or, even more importantly, taking anything away.
Acceptance and truth are partners.
Without fully accepting what is, you are left believing lies by the virtue of non-acceptance.
What has been the most remarkable part of my healing journey is the non-acceptance of plain facts. The way the mind can literally neglect huge portions of life and call it good.
I am not so sure you can see your own truth without accepting the facts in their full content. Nor, do I believe, you can see another's truths; when you have discounted yours.
Acceptance often is a horror show at first glance. You will have to see that which you have chosen not to accept in order to survive. Denial has to be non-acceptance.
Acceptance is the act of consenting.
Perhaps with abuse; when we don't consent, it leaves us naturally in unaccepting.
What has been my greatest supper power is to accept what is; always.
No matter what.
No matter who.
I accept the plain facts.
It was tough getting used to living this way. But, once you realize the fruitlessness of living "not accepting the plain facts" you will demand acceptance of your self.
Full acceptance quiets the mind.
Leaving you with vast silence and space to appreciate this now moment in time and all it brings into your awareness.
I also believe that acceptance and awareness arrive at the same time.
Or awareness comes in a millisecond ahead.
I looked up "awareness".
"knowledge or perception of a situation or fact."
First you have to acknowledge the fact and then fully accept it.
What turned my life upside down; were the simple acts of awareness and accepting it.
For, I had been taught in a million little ways to live removed from reality.
The bubble burst when I was 46.
I no longer have the ability to pretend.
I had to look up "pretend" too.
"speak and act so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not:"
Acceptance truly is living a simple life.