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The Spirit of Acceptance

January 9, 2010,
Claire Montanaro

My last Commentary about weather produced some wonderful, wise and understanding comments from readers, a couple of which are available to read on the website; others were more personal and so remain private, but I appreciated them all.

The fourth of the Principles for life that I encourage (and will be teaching soon) is Acceptance, and this is one of the great learnings for us when we encounter difficulty or challenge, such as bad weather.  Acceptance does not mean passivity, however, rather, it is about seeing the situation clearly for what it is, not geting emotional about it, but being pragmatic when we can and doing our best with it.  

I have been learning about Acceptance all my life, and have been reminded of it vividly in the last couple of days when we had no running water and little heat due to the extreme cold.   It was uncomfortable, but we were more fortunate than some of our neighbours who had no heat or water with young children to care for. On one of these bitter nights I opened a book at random and read the following words:

"To bring calmness to the mind and body requires that at a certain point we be willing to let go of wanting anything at all to happen and just accept things as they are and ourselves as we are with an open, receptive heart.  This inner peace and acceptance lie at the heart of both health and wisdom."  [Jon Kabat-Zinn]

I laughed when I read this at the end of a long day, but with gratitude for this reminder from Spirit.   And the next day, miraculously, the water began to run again.

Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, channel and blogger with special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of "Spiritual Wisdom”.

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