The perfection of acceptance

This week I came across a quote by Eckhart Tolle:
“Accept, then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”

Can we stop for a moment and read that again?

In this world of increasing awareness, consciousness and evolution, we can sometimes find ourselves walking through our lives, pretending to be ‘fine’; to be full of love and light and all things nice. But the reality is, bad stuff still happens and we still have moments of feeling well below average, unhappy, depressed or stuck. And we still allow ourselves to become disconnected from who we truly are. And because of that, we’re also very good at being hard on ourselves for not ‘doing better’ because we should know better by now, shouldn’t we?? We can be our own worst enemy and definitely our own harshest critics.

So how lovely is it to be given permission to accept what is right now; all of it, exactly as it is, in all its perfect imperfection?

When we stop berating ourselves in a desperate attempt to try harder, be better, do better, or stop our mad panic in the race to embody the perfect, shiny, happy, healthy, glowing, never-angry-at-our-partner/kids (the list goes on …) ‘us’, we become free to embrace all we are uncomfortable with and love it just as it is (we might even have a bit of a laugh at the craziness of it all). When we can really do this, a massive weight lifts, a new authentic baseline is set and we are offered a fresh slate from which to work. We begin to operate from a place of truth and authenticity where there is no right and wrong or good and bad, there just is. The struggle of imperfection disappears, and we are left with the beauty of reality; of truth; of who we really are. And isn’t that a beautiful place from which to move and engage in this world.

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