speaker, coach, consultant

Acceptance of everything

Dartington Hall

I’ve been listening to a number of Richard Rohr’s wonderful books as part of my subscription to Audible. Two points have struck home to me (and they’re quite similar):



  1. Give 100% to the moment (the book I’m listening to references The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle); and


  2. Accept everything.



Prima facie, they look possible, but with our dualistic minds it’s impossible to do either. In fact, even trying(!), means you’re not accepting the acceptance (if that makes sense).


I don’t really feel inclined to write extensively about the import of these two points. The truth of the matter is they can only be lived in the moment...every single day.


Perhaps it’s an age thing (I’m 47) but I now recognise, or certainly more than I’ve ever done in my life, how much I’ve resisted...and look where it’s got me. To be clear, acceptance is not resignation. No, it’s about having the grace -- fierce at times -- to accept that there’s nothing to fight against. (I’m well aware of the flight or fight response, and I know full well there are certain things that no matter how much I might think I’ve got to give 100% to will never manifest like that -- our Lizard Brain will save us as well as infuriate us).


For reasons I can’t properly explain, I know things are changing still further. I know if I can give 100% attention to everything and become more comfortable with an acceptance of what is that I’ll see the World still further through a different pair of eyes -- more expansive, more loving and more whole.

PS. There's a part of me that wonders if this isn't another egoic trip -- "oh, look I've got him hooked on this spiritual stuff". All I can say, is that I hope very much that it's not the case. In the end though, I feel drawn to this space, and that has to be a good thing.