Just Be: Accepting Life as IT IS

Accept things as they are. JUST BE, live life moment to moment...
Accept things as they are. JUST BE, live life moment to moment... | Source

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. -- Chinese Proverb

Accepting Life as it IS is an art in itself. Not to resist life, but to flow with it takes a lot of courage. It is simple when we change our perspective about how our life should be.

What You Resist Persists

Have you ever noticed that the very thing you want to avoid keeps popping up all the time in your life? Why does this happen? Well, repulsion is the other side of attraction. Both are governed by the same natural law. So the more you think about something you attract it to yourself.So the important thing is to learn to let go of things so we can move on in life. Thinking about the past will only repeat the pattern in the future. Just Be ... accept life as it comes ... every turn in life will hold a surprise for you.

Let not my will, O God, but thy will be done

Every religion advices us to accept God's Will. How can we apply it in today's world when religion and God have lost their meaning? Are we ignoring the advice just because we do not accept the source it comes from. The first time I read this sentence it gave me a shock. Before that I had only read 'Thy Will be Done'. That is only part of the message. To say 'Let NOT my Will be Done' hit the nail on the head for me.

We all have an idea how our life should be. Our parents have their own idea about how our life should be. We are always trying to fit Life into our idea of how it should be. It takes a lot of practice to gain the attitude, 'Let not my will, O God, but thy will be done' and eventually to let things be as they are.

Eckhart Tolle on Being Yourself

Accept Life and it will Change

Annie Besant, in her little book The Theosophic Life , writes that we are all given circumstances in which we grow. The next step will open up the moment you accept life's present circumstances. The more we resist the longer we will take to learn life's lessons. The moment we accept our circumstances, we become calm and can figure out how to deal with the situations and so will learn our lessons.

Theosophy

The study of Theosophy for the last fifteen years too has helped me get another perspective of life. There is more to life than perpetually solving self-created problems. How can we find time to ask the really important questions when we are busy worrying about the small things surrounding us? But it is not always right to ignore small things and leave them unresolved ... Just Be ... and deal with every issue as it faces you, resolve it before it gets too big ... and move on.

JUST BE

These two magic words is one lesson I would like to pass on to people who are facing life's challenges.

Ancient philosopher Epictetus (A.D. 55-135) gave this advice:

Welcome present circumstances and accept the things whose time has arrived. Keep your will in line with events...

'Mindfulness is all-helpful', said Buddha. Practising mindful awareness in daily life helps to reduce stress and increase happiness in the present moment
'Mindfulness is all-helpful', said Buddha. Practising mindful awareness in daily life helps to reduce stress and increase happiness in the present moment | Source

The practice of mindfulness is one way to become aware of all that life has to offer in your day to day living. Paying full attention to what is in the present moment creates a sense of calm and centeredness. Learn how the practice of Mindfulness can help your brain get smarter and healthier.

About the Author

Sushma Webber writes content for both web and print media. She has worked as a volunteer in many not-for-profit organizations. She is interested in creating a balance in life between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. She is interested in mindful awareness practices, Zen practices and translating these in daily life at work in front of the computer and during various activities of her life. She likes to share her inspiration through her latest blogs are::

  • Rewire Your Brain in 40 Days - This is a blog for those who are over 35 years old and would like to learn how to regenerate their brain to stay young and smart through Right Diet, Right Exercise and Right Meditation. The blog also has links to helpful Resources like books, DVDs and notices of Free Webinars.
  • Zen To Go -- Cultivating the Willingness to Just Be - This is a new brand new blog on Zen Wisdom for daily life. It was created to help motivate those who would like to start and stay with Zen practices like Zazen Meditation, learn the Zen Way of life and find inspiration to Just Be. There is a T-shirt shop - Zen-to-go as well and other helpful links to Resources like books and a Gift shop.

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Comments 14 comments

Kellys Writing 7 years ago

Sushma,

Thank you for answering this hub. Just Be, that is a great lesson to be passed on.

Best Wishes,

Kelly


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Sushma,

Great hub. I'm an instant fan. I believe I have the same motto as yours, "Let it Be" same meaning I guess and like yourself, I learned it the hardway. I'm quite enjoying the motto. It has make my life easier with this perspective in life.


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India

Lovely hub,Sushma with loads of meaning.Yes,I understand what you mean!Cheers and thanks for sharing this with us!:)


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Sushma Webber 7 years ago from New Zealand Author

Dear Kelly, Sheena and Laila,

Thank you for the response, it is wonderful to know there are kindred spirits out there who share the same experience. I am again thankful to Kelly for asking the question, so I could share my thoughts on it. Infact, after having written the Hub and putting my lesson in tangible form has helped me further.

with warm regards,

Sushma


Samuel 4 years ago

I have just gone through a breakup with someone i was so in love with and it has been tough... I just came across tour article but it is so tough to accept that she is not there in my life anymore... I hope i find mental peace...


angelina 4 years ago

Life is sometimes so unfair, I can't understand why I have to suffer for my father's mistakes. For me it is really hard to "just be"


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Sushma Webber 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Hi Angelina, I agree with you that sometimes life seems unfair especially when we end up picking the pieces of other's mistakes. I have had to do that many times and am still doing so. Sometimes we must endure what we cannot change. However, when we are able to accept it, our mind clears up and we get ideas on how to deal with it or even come up with a creative solution. Even if we cannot change what is, at least we will be happier and be able to enjoy things once the situation gets better. Remember 'This too shall pass away'.


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Unleashed Freedom 4 years ago from star dust, planet Gaia.

What You Resist Persists... i resist ice cream... and yet it does not persist :). well, on a more serious note. lovely article.


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denise.w.anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

My motto used to be "This too, shall pass" but that meant that I had to suffer through the now. I think I like your motto "just be" better. It means that what is happening now is important, and living in it now doesn't have to necessarily mean suffering, but experiencing fully that which is my lot in life. Like you said, "Not my will, but thine be done."


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Sushma Webber 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Hi Denise, yes you are right, 'Just Be' sure is easy to remember and help us let go of the pressures we seem to carry around. Some things in life have to be endured before we reach a stage where we can change them.

Thanks for your insightful comments.


AnnaMarie 3 years ago

I was in tears this morning. Over the last 11 years my life has seemed to be out of my control and everything I worked for is gone. I literally said aloud that I don't know if I can ever accept my life the way it is now. Your article is exactly what I needed to read. And I don't think it is coincidence that I have been incorporating yoga and doing research on breathing. Your Hubs have a beautiful cohesiveness and I thank you for taking the time to write.


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Sushma Webber 3 years ago from New Zealand Author

Hi Anna Marie, thank you for your thoughtful comment. I am so glad my writing proved useful just when you needed it. I too come across articles or books that I need to sort out challenges in my life, just at the right moment. Life definitely has a way of helping us. Wishing you all the best in whatever you do.


David 23 months ago

Acceptance must also include your emotions and thoughts and your resistance. If you have depression like me, you must accept that too. Life may or may not get better.


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Sushma Webber 23 months ago from New Zealand Author

Hi David, you are right. We have to accept whatever the state of emotions that we find ourselves. The more we accept and observe, the more chances of it dissolving and us being able to go beyond it. I too, have experienced depression years ago, however, nowadays I am able to spot it before I get engulfed in it and make an effort to get out of it quicker than before.

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