DAY 289

"In your practice you should accept everything as it is,
giving to each thing the same respect given to a Buddha. Then Buddha bows to Buddha, and you bow to yourself. This is the true bow."

Shunryu Suzuki

While dealing with complex sentiments about my family, my story and my role in the play we´re performing (my mother is ill again), I came across this quote and I remembered -once again- the great importance of accepting but not only things as they are, also my own perspective

Sometimes, I feel that when I try to accept something, often I start to be judicious about my own viewpoints, and this causes me confusion. I don´t want to judge -because this makes difficult accepting things as they are- but I don´t want to fall in an absolute relativism, where nothing matters

Acceptance doesn´t mean to resign ourselves to living a life that is not pleasant if it can be changed. It doesn´t mean to praise immobility. On the contrary, it means to be true to what is happening in order to keep on living, evolving, experiencing new things... but we can do it if we are not true to ourselves, to our own feelings, gifts, and the way we see life

As far as I am concerned, acceptance is all about going with the flow and this entails, no resistance and also, stop judging life and embracing the inevitable, but is not about unjustified permissiveness: we must have responses to what is happening, and this response can be either active or passive

I know this in theory, but quite often I find difficult to stay in the happy medium of a serene acknowledgement


Danielle said...

Beautiful photos to go with some very honest and sensitive thoughts. You are on such a marvelous journey of growth...sometimes sorrowful....sometimes painful...but often times very joyous if we glance back every now and then to see how far we have moved forward.

Kathryn Zbrzezny said...

You always find beauty...even in pain. I hope your mom feels better again. Thinking of you.

Introverted Art said...

It is always so hard to understand the family dynamics and roles we play...and in some families, things can be harder than in others. I am sorry to hear your mom is sick again. Hopefully you will find the serenity which you pursue.

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