The Power of Acceptance
To achieve your goals, I am going to suggest you be able to accept life as it is today. When you invoke the agent of change called acceptance, you must accept all that you are, all that you've been and all that you will be in the future. To help you ease into this total embrace of yourself, there are two important facts to accept that effect all of us. The first fact to accept is that your past is your past, and it will never be anything different. There is nothing you can do to change it. The second fact is to accept that stuff happens in your world that will affect your life, and, again, there is nothing that you can do about it except to shift the way you respond. Accepting these truths is a part of becoming an emotionally responsible adult and a humble servant of the divine.
If you accept that your only job is to be the keeper of your life force, you will make powerful choices. In building the power and the magnificence of your own life force, you will be graced with the ability to ignite and inspire countless others. Today, accept that there are things you can do to ground yourself, to care for yourself, to expand your awareness and to forge ahead toward your holy future.
- Listen to your meditation on acceptance (6 minutes)
Make a list of what you are refusing to accept in your life both from your past and from your present. Then circle the things on the list that you can change. Use the Serenity Prayer to release what you cannot change: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Your Outer Goal: What one thing can you accept about yourself right now that will support you in feeling worthy of your desired goal?
Your Inner Goal: What could you accept from your past that would support you in feeling your best?
Soul Food: Today I have the courage to accept the things I cannot change.
Debbie Ford is the national best-selling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Year of Your Life and Why Good People Do Bad Things. Her new book is The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse (Harper Collins). She conducts workshops across the country. She lives in California with her family.
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