May 25, 2007

On Acceptance

"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.

Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my (insert life challenge), I could not stay (insert spiritual result); unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening.

JamesEagle here, joining the Technobabe's blogging adventure, with some thoughts about Acceptance. The opening words are part of every Recovery program. Not a bad concept to consider regardless of how your spiritual journey's going.

For instance, I wanted to change the order of profiles in the sidebar, because this is TechnoBabe's place, and when I joined the blogging team, Blogger put my name first. When I worked the HTML to generate our pictures as links to our profiles,

all the
on the blog
crashed over
the left side
like this.

So I accepted, for the moment, that this is the way it is, and will get back to it later. (Now updated :-)

I've been thinking lately about the convergence of depression and acceptance, or any other major emotional condition and acceptance. We will posit as a general stipulation that biochemistry plays a part in emotional balance, and nobody knows that more than I, a professional M.D. (Manic Depressive)

Furthermore, which comes first, the biochemistry or the attitude of grateful acceptance? We know that the physical act of smiling generates the endorphins of positive feeling no matter what condition our condition's in, even profound depression. So can acceptance play a part in regulating our emotional balance?

Is happiness a cause or a result? Dependent on external validation or generated within and expressed externally? Can happy be a verb, instead of an adjective?

Is acceptance snarling, resentful rejecting of (insert whatever) but outwardly acknowledging we cannot control it?

Or is acceptance simply letting something be as it is, without a single feeling about it beyond detached observation?

Thanks for letting me share...


Sadiq M. Alam said...

yes acceptance is the key. parallel to that is non-attachment. its the same.

Here is a wisdom sharing from Gita from Inspirations and Creative Thoughts

James Eagle said...

Excellent point: non-attachment is truly parallel to acceptance... thanks for stopping by and your blog is a fine resource, by the way.

Chuck Cliff said...

You probably know this story.

There was a fellow who had meditated his ass into the ground and had achieved amazing sidhis, like a diamond body

At some convention or other of people into mystic shit he challanged this other fellow to strike him with a sword, telling him no harm would come.

But the sword broke when it hit his "diamond body"

"Something happened, the sword broke -- now you strike me with another sword."

Grinning, the first fellow took another sword and struck the other with all his might. The sword went through him and nothing happened...

Well, not really -- the half-smart guy with the sword fell on his ass.

I think that is a story about acceptance.

(btw, I can accept it, but have you pulled the plug on the Psy-Lib site?)

Lorna said...

As a person who is working a program daily, I can relate to acceptance in the first person. Even after years of working my program, I have to remind myself daily to "accept the things I cannot change and change the things I can".........sometimes easier said than done! Thank you for a great post that reminds me to accept........hugssssssssssss

James Eagle said...


It's me, James Eagle, CiCi's boyfriend. Thanks for the kind words about my post, and here's to acceptance in all things.

that frolicsome kid said...

It's true that we have to accept ourselves first before we can do anything. Sometimes, it's really tough to accept our flaws and imperfections and there are many countless times I have refused to even acknowledge it.

I feel frustrated whenever HTML made my website go havoc. In frustration, I stop working on it and I told myself to rectify it later. Oddly enough, the problem usually solves itself after a few tries. =) And I kept wondering why I didn't see that obvious one line mistake in the first place! XP

I think acceptance is knowing that flaw, and you set your mind to either work around it, or work on it. Lol! Just my two-cents. =)