“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” – George Orwell
The Real Truth on Acceptance
Do you struggle to accept what you can’t control, what’s changing, your life, and who you are?
There’s an old Zen saying to accept what is, is to end suffering. That hit us in the gut with the real truth of what acceptance really is.
In this episode of The Elevated Life, we’re sharing “The Real Truth on Acceptance” and diving deep to help you handle what’s outside of your control and how you can let it go. Acceptance is a huge topic that’s buzzing around right now and was requested by so many of you in The Elevated Life Club!
Tune in to hear:
Our four steps to acceptance
Letting go and moving on from bad feelings
How to make the decision on changing how you feel about situations
Recognizing and choosing what you want to spend your energy focusing on
The Real Truth on Acceptance
Allow Yourself to Grieve
Let yourself be sad and feel all the ranges of emotions to get it out of your system. It’s true when they say that you can’t heal until you feel. It’s so important to feel those emotions first because before we allow our bodies to process them, that’s what the emotions are. It’s our body processing what’s going on with us. If we tuck that away, we won’t be able to change. It just stays with us. We remain in that same state.
Search for the Lesson
Sometimes we look for it right when we’re going through something, and we don’t have the perspective yet. We’re not that older, more mature version of ourselves, yet that’s gone through the pain. So we can’t always immediately find it. You have to realize that we are just going through a series of lessons. All you get when you pass the first lesson is the next lesson, and it just keeps happening again and again. But, it’s hard to focus on the positive lesson when you’re too busy drowning in the feelings of crazy emotion. So you must purge the emotion so that you can create space for clarity.
Drop the Bad Feelings
Start making new visions in your mind about who you are and what your life is, which means what you focus on. Start to focus on the things that you can change. We can’t change a lot of situations, but we can always change what we focus on, how we talk to ourselves, what our boundaries are, and who we let into our life. In that way, what ends up happening is not that you’ve necessarily accepted it. You just moved on. It’s time to pack your stuff up, put it on your back, and move on because there are greener pastures.
Trust That Everything Is Happening for Your Highest Good
You have to decide if you are going to change how you feel about it, or are you just not going to care anymore? You always have those two options. All those things you’ve been through happened because of something, right? They should all be teaching you lessons. If not, you’re not looking for what you need to know. If you adopt that perspective, there’s not anything extra to accept because you already trust that everything is happening for your highest good, even if you can’t understand it at the moment.
Highlights from this episode:
[02:30] – Allow yourself time to grieve.
[04:40] – The strength it takes to be able to just let your emotions go for a moment.
[06:20] – Deeply search for the lesson and be patient.
[09:19] – All the things that we’re so unwilling to accept are exactly the kind of moments that we have to grow through.
[09:58] – If you’ve been living with the bad feelings for a long time, let them go.
[11:34] – The better it gets, the better it gets.
[13:43] – Making the decision to change how you feel about a situation or choosing to no longer care.
[17:43] – Allow yourself your five minutes.
[19:22] – Realize you have more important things to express your energy on.
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