“The essence of saintliness is total acceptance of the
present moment, harmony with things as they happen.
A saint does not want things to be different from what they are;
(s)he knows that, considering all factors, they are unavoidable.
(S)he is friendly with the inevitable and, therefore, does not suffer.
Pain (s)he may know, but it does not shatter (her).
If (s)he can, (s)he does the needful to restore the lost balance –
or lets things take their course.”
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I love this quote. I find it to be a wonderful reminder of being present to our lives as they are right here and right now–and of facing our challenges from a place of complete acceptance.
Many have erroneously (in my humble opinion) defined acceptance as giving up, giving in, forgoing the fight. I however do not believe these things are the essence of acceptance.
Acceptance is loving ourselves enough to not allow the pain of a present circumstance to shatter our hearts, our dreams, and our belief in the beauty of tomorrow.
Acceptance means living our dreams through the reality that is our lives today, while seeking balance to provide healing for tomorrow.
Acceptance allows us to savor today’s orange, pink, and purple sunset with a quiet dream in our hearts. When we do we are able to also accept the gifts that will come with the sunrise tomorrow.
When we accept the dis-ease of our conceiving bodies, we accept reality and we release ourselves from fighting against what simply is. In doing so we begin to explore what can be.
By releasing the fight we release our energy, precious energy, that when freed can begin to pave the road to tomorrow–and to a beautiful baby in our arms.