Accept Allow Appreciate … Again!
It’s been a while … and yet it seems like no time at all.
These past few months have felt a lot like groundhog day … and yet everything keeps changing.
And therein lies the challenge and the gift of this time in our history.
Now that we are once again experiencing lockdown in many parts of this country and the world it serves as a timely reminder: Go within or go without.
It is a time of going within, sitting in the discomfort of relentless uncertainty and change and allowing whatever happens to happen. To anchor yourself in love, knowing that who you are is powerful and loveable and valuable and able … able to be and do and respond.
And although it is simple … it certainly is not easy.
As soon as you stop relentlessly doing, doing, doing your thinking ego mind will go into overdrive and you will start to feel things more acutely …
Whatever is there to respond to will show up emotionally and energetically … and for most it is uncomfortable and often fraught with anxiousness and a desire to push away, get rid of those uncomfortable feelings or distract with more doing.
The temptation is to get busy future projecting … planning what to do next, how to create the next thing, how to manage/deal with/handle whatever might or might not occur … and on it goes.
Or attach to the past … replaying scenes and memories of what it used to be like, yearning for the way it was, wishing it would be like that again … and on it goes.
The challenge is to stop … and breathe … and be in your body … here … now.
Accept whatever you are thinking and feeling and experiencing right now …
Allow whatever is happening to occur … let the feelings come and move through you, let the energy rise and release … and it will if you let it.
Appreciate that everything you think and feel is ok and you get to choose whether you agree with the thoughts and feelings and go round and round the hamster wheel … or let them go …
And then … Accept, Allow, Appreciate
Here are two of my favourite poems that capture the essence of allowing … enjoy.
You do not need to leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Do not even listen.
Do not even wait, be quiet, still and solitary.
The world will freely
offer itself to you to be unmasked
it has no choice
it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
– Franz Kafka
When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.
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