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Just Be: Accepting Life as IT IS
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.
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.
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...
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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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- How to Motivate Yourself to Meditate
The most important thing about meditation practice is to do it regularly, daily and the greatest challenge is to stay motivated. It takes only two steps to find out the why and how of sustaining ones enthusiasm to practice daily.
- Yoga Meditation and Philosophy
Meditation is one of the practices to achieve the integration and perfection of the human being. Find out the steps to reach perfection such as following the eight limbs of yoga such as yama and niyama, dhyana (meditation) yoga and karma yoga, jnana
- How to Let Go of Stress and Anger
How to learn to Let Go of all those things that are not helpful and allow space to Let Come those things that are beneficial is the secret of dealing with stress and anger. Find out about Meditation to Let Go.