Mindfulness Monday – Life


“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

~ E.M. Forster


“Rather than being disheartened by the uncertainty of life,
what if we accepted it and relaxed into it?
What if we said,
‘Yes this is the way it is;
this is what it meant so be human,’
and decided to sit and down and enjoy the ride?”

~Pema Chödrön


*all artwork on Picnic with Ants created by W. Holcombe unless otherwise noted.




18 thoughts on “Mindfulness Monday – Life

      1. Keep trying and being gentle as we do so — It’s the ONLY way, I know you’re right – but some days it’s harder than others.

        While I agree with Swami that some things need to be fought (like in the political arena right now), and some things about our lives need to change, which means we can’t “accept” those either — BUT — moment by moment, struggling inside doesn’t help. That’s where acceptance is golden. Beautiful artwork on a beautiful post.
        (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
        ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
        “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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        1. But is acceptance giving up? It may include accepting the obstacles that are there rather than having the extra obstacle of internal angst? I’m trying to understand “radical acceptance” from dialectical behaviour therapy. Does it mean “I cannot do this because of my mental health”? Or is it acceptance of loss? Or does acceptance mean I have my own unique path and the destination is uncertain enjoy the journey (of which I’m an active participant). Perhaps others have other understandings. But it reminds me of a more Buddhist understanding of forgiveness- letting go of anger to find peace in yourself – not forgetting or thinking ok. Thoughtful quotes, beautiful artwork and interesting discussion. Thank you Wendy.

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          1. I don’t believe that “giving up” is a useful strategy. But struggling inside, fighting against what’s so, won’t work either. To my mind, thinking opens up when we accept that there are some things we must work around and other things we must attempt to avoid – always with one eye toward what they call “opportunity cost.” Often we discover that time and energy will be better spent moving on.

            Nice comparison to “forgiveness” btw. Helpful.

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          2. I too don’t think acceptance is giving up, and your comparison to forgiveness is spot on.
            I accept that I’m sick, that doesn’t mean I’ve given up trying to get well.
            Accepting things as they are, doesn’t mean I can’t work to change them.
            Thank you all for such a wonderful discussion.

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