August is the month of Allowance. Allowance and acceptance have more in common than just alliteration. To truly allow things to be the way they are you must also learn to accept them. If you are never satisfied with the present, how can you be sure you’ll ever be satisfied with the future? The grass always appears greener on the other side if you never take a moment to appreciate the grass beneath your feet.
In my post Moving Beyond Othering I talked about the problem of falsely believing that the group (race, religion, ethnicity, culture, gender, country, sexual orientation, species etc.) that you are a part of is the ‘right’ way to be human. When we practice this approach we immediately adopt the mindset of “us vs. them.” Instead of focusing our energy on learning to accept and even appreciate one another’s differences, we waste our vital life force arguing about them. This is sad because it takes our attention away from the fact that we also have a lot in common. We are all connected, deal with it!
Beauty is everywhere. Miracles happen daily. Despite these truths, I still know people (lots of people) who complain about everything. Nothing ever satisfies them. They worry about money, complain about the neighbor’s lawn, gossip about coworkers, bitch about politics…the list goes on and on and on of all the things they waste their energy whining and worrying about! The song Let It Be by the Beatles comes to mind. Imagine how much more peaceful your day would be if you would just heed those words?
I had a revelation while talking to my youngest brother the other day. I asked him to think about the fact that his brain communicates with every part of the body. The human nervous system is a spectacular and intricate system! In each part of your body, from your heart and circulatory system to your big toe, you can find nerve cells that allow the brain to send and receive messages. That means, that if we focus our attention on any part of our body we may actually have the capacity to communicate with it…perhaps even think with it. We decided we would try thinking with our “heart brains” immediately just to see what happens!
The world is full of people who think with their mind’s. The Ego, the logical, rational part of the mind that dissects, categorizes, organizes and structures the input of our senses, is overwhelmingly “in charge.” Perhaps if we could move our awareness out of our heads we could utilize other “minds” within our bodies. For example if we started thinking from the heart space, the center for love of the self and others, we would learn to accept ourselves and others and appreciate the diversity and mystery of life itself.
Inside the Ego
Anxiety and fear breed
Inside the heart space
Love and acceptance abound
Live here and know peace.
Acceptance is love.
Love is boundless.
Practice acceptance and find your freedom.
Namaste Dear Ones,