When it comes to the nitty-gritty of daily life, I’ve been discovering that acceptance is a choice we have that is present in every moment and with even the smallest awareness of this choice, the grandest love opens up.
I used to think of acceptance as something reserved for obvious things like accepting invitations, offers or requests, but presentations by Universal Medicine (UniMed) and Serge Benhayon inspired me to pull back the curtains on acceptance and I began to see that there was much more at play.
For example, when…
- I complete a task at work and it has gone so smoothly and effortlessly that I feel like I have not ‘worked’ on it all.
I can accept this and say: YES how great am I, if that was simple, what more could I do?
Or I can reject it with a dose of doubt or self loathing: you’re obviously not working hard enough, you better check it, something must be wrong, things are never that easy. You’re nothing special, a monkey could do that.
- I have a moment where I feel I am enough, it matters that I am here, there is something I bring, equal but different to everyone else’s something and just being me is all that is needed.
I can accept this and say, YES – let’s go for it.
Or I can reject it by recounting my shortfalls, mistakes, all the not-good-enough, shameful, guilty things that prove I’m not that good yet and I need to try harder to make myself better and more… acceptable.
This is how
I accept or reject the love I am,
every moment, every day.
It’s like having two taps to choose from to fill my bath – acceptance OR rejection – each choice I make turns on one of these taps and I end up swimming in the awfulness of doubt and abuse OR the silk of my knowing it’s not about being perfect, it’s about reconnecting to the enormity of love within and accepting it – now, as I am – and living in a way that honours that precious wisdom.
As I allow myself to become more acquainted with acceptance, I come to understand that nothing just happens to me, rather everything in my life comes from what I choose to accept or not.
The more I accept the love within
the more love within there is to accept.
Like in the examples above, present in every moment – no matter how it might be disguised – is the same singular invitation, presented over and over again: to accept or reject the love I innately and incorruptibly am – and that we all are, equally. To accept this love, to say YES – that is me, is to allow the ever-unfolding, ever expanding, mighty, without end or diminishment, Way of Love to be.
Inspired by the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.
By Adrienne Ryan, Brisbane, Australia
220 thoughts on “Acceptance – A Choice Present in Every Moment”
It is a simple blog Adrienne but it gives so many tips for life, in each moment we can choose to accept or reject things and this then leads to the next steps. This has and continues to be a great learning for me.
What I love about deepening my acceptance of myself and life is the deepening of surrender in my body – a contentment that feels more and more delicious the more I say yes to it.
Dear Adrienne, I love the exquisite simplicity of the wisdom you bring. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. I cannot help but accept the love that you are and the love that you write with, this in turn allows me to accept and love myself. Thank you, you are the master of observational writing.
So truly beautiful Adrienne to read your article on acceptance and I like the simplicity of it all to either accept the love I am or reject it.
I really appreciate the simplicity that this blog communicates, and how acceptance rests with us “to accept or reject the love I innately and incorruptibly am.” It’s a new foundation of what acceptance can be.
I have come to love the word ‘acceptance.’ When I say it, hear it, or read it, my body goes ‘ahh’ and its as if I’ve been reminded to allow myself and others to simply be.
I drive to and from work. One of the things I do on my way home is say out loud to myself all the things I appreciated about myself in the day. Yes there may have been things that didn’t go so well, but when I’m in a positive frame of mind (from appreciating myself), I can see them in perspective, and they tend to be very minor in the big picture.
I like the analogy of the two taps you can choose to fill your bath with. Its fascinating to observe how good we are at turning on the rejection tap and how automatic it can become. I have been learning to appreciate myself more and it does have a very beneficial effect on the way I think. This has flowed into appreciating others which is a lovely thing to do.
Beautiful Adrienne. ‘The more I accept the love within the more love within there is to accept.’
The key to acceptance is to surrender to the flow.
I really enjoyed reading your blog Adrienne as it supported me to reflect on my day and appreciate how I was within my day. It made me realise the many moments where I can critique myself and tonight it supported me not to go into that.
Adrienne, this is one of the most beautiful quotes ever for me “The more I accept the love within the more love within there is to accept.” So simple, yet so profound.
Your blog here is so succinct in its delivery of the clear choice we have moment by moment to accept the love we are and can choose to live from. As I re read it this morning I became aware of the reality of how disregarding it is to not accept the love that is there for us, constantly. What hit home the most, is by not accepting us, the world misses out. So could it be that accepting self is not necessarily for ourselves alone, but in doing so everyone gets to feel our grace as we interact with them.
Having chosen to live in self doubt for so much of my life I absolutely love your inspiration to fill my bath/life with ‘the silk of my knowing it’s not about being perfect, it’s about reconnecting to the enormity of love within and accepting it – now, as I am – and living in a way that honours that precious wisdom.’ Letting go of perfection and appreciating what I can offer when connected to the vastness of Love is so beautiful and as you say ever expanding.
Thank you Adrienne for a beautiful blog on acceptance, something that a lot of us find hard to do. But as you show, there is a choice, acceptance of the love we are or a rejection of it . Acceptance opens the door to the love we truly are and invites evolution in.
Thank you Adrienne for such a wonderful blog. I love how it boils down simply to a moment, every moment of either Acceptance or Rejection of Self. I feel life has been a huge obstacle course I have struggled with. Of course it has felt that way because of my constantly rejecting all around me and negating myself so much. This is perfect for me to read your blog that confirms the simple choice each moment . As “I allow myself to become more acquainted with acceptance, I come to understand that nothing just happens to me, rather everything in my life comes from what I choose to accept or not.”
I will be revisiting your words!
I feel that it is very ingrained into our society today they way we reject compliments and confirmations of the love we are. For example, if you tell someone they look pretty in a dress they are wearing, how often do you hear comments such as ‘oh it was really cheap’ or ‘this old thing’? Its like an automatic downsizing of the compliment. And I think there is a general feeling that if you accept it, it could come across as being a bit arrogant or not polite. Such a reflection of how much we need to learn about what we truly are and come from.
Thank you Adrienne. This is beautiful blog to read. It simplifies something that can often feel quite challenging in my mind. I am forever switching between these two taps that you describe, and find it so easy to get stuck on the non loving, self doubtful one. But from your writing I can see that it is a simple choice to make between self acceptance, which goes on to expand the love I am, or rejecting that love. Why would I want to reject love? 🙂
You offer an amazing revelation to the approach and acceptance we have of life. We choose what we swim in. For a long time I have always seen doubt as a necessity of life. It allowed us to double check things and make sure they are right.
But more I am seeing that this is merely a form of control and restriction I place upon myself.
I find doubt to be in my life, only when I have not been present in and with my body. If I am, I know clearly how I was and am and I remember, everything I do. When I choose this, doubt doesn’t even come close to entering my body.
Very true Leigh and a great reminder that no matter how smart or intelligent we are it comes back to the body.
Dear Luke I am very aware today of just how true this statement is. I found myself getting taken by my day today and feeling a little overwhelmed and self critical at times during the day. However the moment I choose to make it again about being with my body, I felt amazing. Even though I had let the challenges of the day affect me, this did not dampen the beauty, stillness and surrender I felt as soon as I choose, clearly to come back to my body. The power in doing this needs to be studied, as the extent that it can support with self worth is beyond words.
Agree and when we self abuse it also shows our unhealthy relationship with time. As when we can say another day doesn’t matter what belief are we tying this statement to?
“To accept this love, to say YES – that is me, is to allow the ever-unfolding, ever expanding, mighty, without end or diminishment, Way of Love to be.” ‘To accept this love to say YES that is me’…., this feels so empowering Adrienne, when I say this to myself I can feel I am confirming all that I am and I can feel the expansion that you mention here.
It’s so easy to be dismissive of things that we find easy to do and not appreciate and accept this about ourselves but only feel able to do this when we’ve “slogged” it out. Perhaps those things we find easy are that way because we’ve mastered them – that’s definitely something to accept and appreciate. Much lovelier to accept the love within and magnify that for the benefit of ourselves and those around us.
I love what you share here Adrienne so simply and beautifully expressed. This line is gold and a gorgeous reminder to say YES to this in my own life – ‘OR the silk of my knowing it’s not about being perfect, it’s about reconnecting to the enormity of love within and accepting it – now, as I am – and living in a way that honours that precious wisdom.’ –
“Each choice I make turns on one of these taps and I end up swimming in the awfulness of doubt and abuse OR the silk of my knowing it’s not about being perfect, it’s about reconnecting to the enormity of love within and accepting it” This is a great line. Letting self-doubt run the show is a choice, and a choice that I know I have been making for a long time. Why do we choose things like self doubt over the amazing feeling of the joy we are inside? Maybe the fear of responsibility, or the comfort of seeming small. Either way, it keeps us separated from the love that we equally have within us, something which when accepted, is never ending.
Thank you for this Adrienne. When presented with the love that we are, we can choose to say Yes to all of it. We make choices all the time, non-stop, we don’t even need to consciously construct or think about it, we just do it.
This metaphor of the taps filling our lives, and our choice as to which tap to turn on is very powerful. We create, moment by moment, what we choose to live in, and the acceptance of ourselves and everything we are is such a powerful force if we just let it in.
“Acceptance is a choice” – I am really chewing on this one. I can feel how not accepting myself actually means running away from responsibility, and how that has made impact in the past and will do so in future, if I do not make a different choice.
So true self acceptance and acceptance of how grand we are instrumental in our healing process
In every moment we have a opportunity to remind ourselves and feel the love within us OR entertain the ‘not good enough thoughts’ and struggle to meet the demands of such thoughts that will never allow us to feel that never ending moving goal post of ‘enough’. One leaves us constantly lacking but another which I love how you shared it Adrienne allows us to feel the love that we are in that moment and that love is enough and in the next moment can be built on top of this.
Great to talk about acceptance in daily life. It starts with small choices in every moment and can lead to an overall non-acceptance of oneself and everything around us.
Acceptance is the biggest issue in my life. I sit in the wheelchair because I was not able to accept myself, others and this world, which led to a big accident when I was 16. Then I could not accept sitting in a wheelchair for many years and everything was even much worse than before. I lied to myself to believe that I had accepted the accident but in truth I just found a way to not feel the hurt anymore. Since I came to Universal Medicine I started to truly accept me, my hurts and my past and I still find it often difficult to accept certain things nearly every day, but true acceptance feels amazing and absolutely freeing…
Thank you for highlighting Brendan, the broader responsibility factor we have in accepting who we truly are and what is there to be brought to human life. By not accepting we are allowing all the issues we complain about to exist.
Hi Adrienne – I loved the simplicity of what you are sharing in this blog, especially the symbology of the bath tub. We do make choices in every moment which affect every other moment – making the choice regarding which tap to turn on is true and something we control. Thank you for this ‘healing’ moment, I will bring this into my day with others and all activity I am involved in.
“I have a moment where I feel I am enough, it matters that I am here, there is something I bring, equal but different to everyone else’s something and just being me is all that is needed.” What a beautiful way to describe appreciation. I absolutely agree we can only choose that or choose rejection. I have come to realize how I cannot grow without appreciation. And from there it keeps deepening, just like you wrote:
“The more I accept the love within
the more love within there is to accept.”
Most of us were not taught to appreciate ourselves when growing up. We may have been celebrated for our achievements, but told not to boast or be big headed. Choosing to appreciate ourselves and what we bring with our unique expression allows others to do the same. It is not about our achievements, but how we are with everything we do in every moment – no detail is too small or not worth appreciating.
Through the awareness of my body and how life feels I totally agree with your blog and the bath analogy here Adrienne. When I accept my life, my feelings and the situations I find myself in it’s like a warmth supportive bath. I feel more supported to be in life and with others in this state of warmth. Going into the non acceptance feels like I have turned off the boiler – leaving me in the icy cold bath. Thoughts of mistrust and avoidance and putting on an independent persona then ensues. How many relationship issues, with self and others have acceptance as one of its roots?
Leigh Matson this sentence, for me sums up many relationship issues. “Thoughts of mistrust and avoidance and putting on an independent persona then ensues.” Once we make ourselves individual in an issue we have taken the issue personally and no clear way forward presents. What does happen is instead a reality where one person has to give up and another take the battle as being theirs. What if instead we looked at a relationship as a partnership to support and grow each other in, would we then continue with this way of resolving issues, or would we look deeper into why the issue is there and work through what needs to be addressed to make the issue null and void?
‘The more I accept the love within, the more love within there is to accept.’ – beautifully said and expressed Adrienne. I love that the love that we are within is immense and endless and though appreciation of ourselves we can forever deepen our connection to and bring forth All this Divinity that we all equally are in essence.
Accepting the love that I am, sounds simple, indeed it should be. Then why do I complicate it? It is a glorious thing to accept love. I’m keeping it simple from now on.
Well said, Amanda! I want to do the same, I just feel to express that we don`t just make it complicated, it is really a very big issue in our life to work on. To accept the love we are, we have to connect deeply with ourselves and God and throw out all our self judgement and criticism which means it`s about healing some of our deepest hurts.
Very true Evamariafoertsch,
The hurts we hold deep with in are revealed, bit by bit as the acceptance of our love and God becomes a choice we make. The challenges are great as we come face to face with them, but the joy of doing so and letting them go is immense. Once this is felt, the support is there to heal the next hidden hurt. This process is truly amazing and is the livingness of acceptance.
Wow Adrienne this is awesome and very power-full, there are so many gems here to reflect upon I feel inspired to print it and put in on my fridge as a daily reminder. I love the image of the bath water and depending on our choices one tap further pollutes us or the other tap will evolve us – a moment-by-moment choice – a beautiful reminder!
For me the rejection thing is like an awful disease or, even better, like a plague. Therefore I like your awesome blog Adrienne because you nailed it and showed us that we can choose how we want to live – awful or wunderbar.
Esteraltmiks, I found myself with this very choice today, over a moment of missing family and friends. The choice was to drop into the sadness, or to surrender to the sadness, in the surrender, which I choose. I felt deep love in my body and for those I was working with today. Amazing it is to simply accept why we are feeling.
Thank you Leigh for you honest sharing this is really such a good example of how we can choose about how we feel and I like to add it is also very inspiring.
Thank you for another great blog Adrienne. I agree, acceptance opens the door to immense love. If we fill our bath with love and acceptance we become one with its warmth. We choose to criticise, to feel lacking, and the water turns cold and drains down the plug hole very quickly, leaving our tub cold and empty.
So simply and beautifully written Adrienne, I loved the image of the bath and the two taps, a choice to be made in any moment of acceptance or rejection. To be present with me, and feel the love within, is an ever unfolding.
Adrienne, this is a powerful and amazing piece of writing. “The more I accept the love within the more love within there is to accept”. The choice to accept the love we are and the grandness we come from is always there. For me, the self-doubt and critique seem like such a default behaviours. With awareness and practice, these are on a slow decline and I know I can catch myself as I go into those deeply ingrained patterns. How awesome that time allows us the repeated opportunities to choose the love we come from.
“The more I accept the love within the more love within there is to accept” if we follow that logic, our potential is absolutely magnificent…. and well worth the daily attention to keep choosing love.
Helen, this sentence is very powerful, and very telling.
“How awesome that time allows us the repeated opportunities to choose the love we come from.”
Awesome we have the grace of time, telling, that I may choose, in a moment to do what is not the greatest support for my body. Mm time to ponder, accept and tenderly make the choices that do.
The simpleness of your writing and the strength that it holds is beautiful to read and feel. Acceptance is something that I choose to keep to the fore front of my mind these days. I have lived many days where rejection has won the day, so to now be living where acceptance has the upper hand is truly miraculous and beautiful. I do notice that it is easy to accept my grandness when I am fully with my body, because I simply feel me and there is nothing that I don’t want to accept about that. When I allow my mind to wonder away from my body though it is not so easy. So my learning is to the very best of my ability simply be present with what my body is doing.
Absolutely leighstrack connecting to my body gives me a solid foundation to support acceptance but so often in the past I have got lost in my mind and then the self-doubting thoughts are quick to take over. Another great reason to stay present with what I am doing in any moment and appreciate my presence and what I have to offer.
It is so healing to read this blog. I feel more of my body after reading this.
To accept ourselves – comes with an amazing and wonderful responsibility, whereas with rejection comes comfort (not necessarily comfortable, but familiar). Why do we choose rejection, could it be because we don’t want to feel the power in our own individual glory and what we can then bring to the world and the responsibility that that entails?
How we manage to keep ourselves small, is by constantly rejecting ourselves, the world just seems to open up each time we accept ourselves, even during those times we get it wrong, there is time for reflection and learning.
We offer others a powerful reflection when we are truly accepting of ourselves, it invites others to also choose this too.
Adrienne just LOVE the analogy of the tap – the tap of acceptance, or rejection, great visual to have. Acceptance, like love is limitless, purely because love is infinite in its supply.
Your words here so warming with tender understanding: “As I allow myself to become more acquainted with acceptance, I come to understand that nothing just happens to me, rather everything in my life comes from what I choose to accept or not” , and in every moment too.
‘ I come to understand that nothing just happens to me, rather everything in my life comes from what I choose to accept or not’. Do I accept the love I am or not? It can be that simple – super to re-read this moring and will take this into my day Adrienne.
Knowing each choice made is either with acceptance or rejection of the love you innately are, is an empowering and inspiring way to live each moment.
It is exactly as you describe it Adrienne, you can go ahead and accept it as it is and for what it is or you can go into the ‘yes but’ and let the ‘you are not enough’ wind in. Recently I had one such experience. I was doing a workshop run by Serge Benhayon and it was an exercise about why are you amazing. As I go speaking, there was a voice inside commenting after every statement in the ‘yes but’ mood. At some point my dialogue with the voice went prior to my statement so my statement was in contraction until I realised what was going on and chose accepting. Since that moment, the expression turned out just beautifully.
“I have a moment where I feel I am enough, it matters that I am here, there is something I bring, equal but different to everyone else’s something and just being me is all that is needed”.
A lovely reminder Adrienne that each and every one of us matters and counts in this world. and all we have to do is be ourselves.
great point Brendan, this is a worldwide issue and Adrienne what a great simple explanation of acceptance and how to accept more of who you are. Which bath are we going to choose to bath in.
Acceptance is something I have been feeling to work on – and I found your blog Adrienne. I love how you describe our choices like taps, it is very clear and simple. This beautiful piece I’m going to take with me in to my day “….the silk of my knowing it’s not about being perfect, it’s about reconnecting to the enormity of love within and accepting it – now, as I am ¬¬“. Thank you.
Thank you Adrienne a great reminder to accept more whom I truly am – which is love.
The hard part for me is to accept the moments where I had not been love. And that it was actually a choice to keep me down – which I do not like to accept either. And knowing that it is all created and not coming from my true essence – which is love – makes me even more mad – again something I have to work on accepting. OMG! It’s truly an every moment choice.
I like the two ways you are so simply presenting here- either accepting or rejecting. Thanks for the inspiration to stop in those moments and simple decide new.
This is such an expansive presentation on acceptance Adrienne. The way you use analogies is so powerful as it always leaves me with a clear picture that comes back to me when I need it. I will certainly be checking in with myself to see what tap I am filling the bath with after reading this.
I have just read this blog for the first time and already know I want to come back to it again. So simple but with so much clarity of what acceptance really is about.
This is brilliant Adrienne… how simple the choice really is. Your words “… or the silk of my knowing it’s not about being perfect, it’s about reconnecting to the enormity of love within and accepting it’ really struck me as the needing to be perfect really does lead to rejecting my self.
Thank you for sharing this simple but self empowering blog Adrienne, to simply allow our self to be present with our self is to accept and surrender to that natural all encompassing love we are or when we choose not to be present with ourselves, this is what holds us back from the truth.
I love the simple examples you give where we can either choose to accept or not to accept and that we have the choice to do so in every moment.
I Love this blog Adrienne, I remember reading it when it was first published and being super inspired. I felt to re-read it today and can I say the inspiration continues. The clarity and simplicity in which you express is beautiful. I love how you described acceptance and rejection as being two different taps to fill your bath with and that when we choose acceptance we can live with “the silk of my knowing it’s not about being perfect, it’s about reconnecting to the enormity of love within and accepting it – now, as I am – and living in a way that honours that precious wisdom.”
I love this Adrienne. You put it so simply and I too love the taps analogy — it’s like, which thought will I choose? They’re both there for the picking, and it’s up to me which one I go for.
So awesome Adrienne. The ‘two taps’ analogy is wonderful. I wish to read this beautiful piece of expression regularly.
Thank you Adrienne for sharing the simple truth of acceptance. It reminds me of the Shakespeare quote “To be or not to be” which is expanded by your quote “The more I accept the love within the more love within there is to accept”.
Thank you, Adrienne. I love your analogies of having two taps. So simple. I am realising how my acceptance has often allowed a space for ‘yes, but…’ to come in, therefore mixing two taps to get lukewarm water – oh, yes that’s comfortable 😉
Well said Fumiyo, for when we allow the ‘yes but’ to come in we immediately undermine ourselves and erode our potential.
So beautifully expressed…acceptance or rejection. It all comes back to choices every moment of every day.
Acceptance for self can be challenging at times for us all. Yet we accept unnecessarily a lot in life that we should not. Through true acceptance of self we learn to not accept what does not feel right and what does not honour us for who we are.
Acceptance brings a much deeper appreciation for what we do each day as you illustrated when things become so easy and steady at work.
I have just re-read your blog Adrienne and really enjoyed reading it again because “Acceptance” was there in the title – and for me on this day I have ‘accepted’ a revelation that was brought to me along the lines of bringing me to my awareness that I was not really accepting the fact that just being Love truly, is enough. I love the analogy of the taps on the bath – ‘acceptance or rejection’ – and I can see now, that accepting the love that I am, and not rejecting it while trying to improve on it is definitely more harmonious on the body physically. We neither have to strive nor try – just be Love.
And so, we re-visit this beautiful blog again over two years later and the article and all the beautiful comments add a brightness to the fiery flame felt. I ask myself, have I continued to develop and foster that loving attribute of acceptance, and have I expanded my awareness to include another gift called ‘self-appreciation’. There seems to be an endless volume of loving being poured our way for us to re-connect with on this unfolding experience we call life – what an amazing incarnation we have chosen to participate in, what an awesome responsibility we all have to love ourselves enough to be in a state of acceptance, appreciation and wonderment.
Thank you Adrienne. I love this paragraph- it is divine . . .
‘It’s like having two taps to choose from to fill my bath – acceptance OR rejection – each choice I make turns on one of these taps and I end up swimming in the awfulness of doubt and abuse OR the silk of my knowing it’s not about being perfect, it’s about reconnecting to the enormity of love within and accepting it – now, as I am – and living in a way that honours that precious wisdom.’
I am starting to feel how starkly different those two taps are. One leaves me feeling doubt-full and the other leaves me feeling joy-full. Even just reading this blog again I can feel the truth in your words when you write that once one acceptance has been made there is more to accept. I even said to myself this morning “what if every day was full of moments to accept that I am -ALREADY- love?” it blows the trying, striving and performing out of the water and I feel more steady, more of a sense of “I can do this” because there is no expectation for me to “be love” as a perceived place I need to reach. I am already at the finish line so to speak.
Love this Leighmatson, “what if every day was full of moments to accept that I am -ALREADY- love?” To do this immediately changes so much, for me my body relaxes and drops and I feel still, light and joyful. I just want to meet people, talk, share and enjoy life.
Beautifully expressed leighmatson, accepting that we are already love and that it is not a goal to aim for means that we can appreciate where we are and open up to the vastness of love that is there to be tapped into when we make that choice.
Thank you Adrienne,
for putting it so simply, and with such strength. The choice is so clear.
Thank you Adrienne, for the very timely reminder of the importance of turning my acceptance tap on.
Thank you Adrienne for this wonderful article. It reminds me to accept myself every day, to say yes to me, hug me, as naturally as my daily brushing my teeth! I say yes to my full fullness, Full Glory !!
Back again for more 🙂 And today for me it’s seeing that those little things matter, it’s not about being perfect but gracefully accepting there can be another way, something I have struggled with recently and yet now as I read this here I am considering once again – there is another way; acceptance.
Thank you for the reminder that these invitations are always there for me to choose. And that it is solely my choice to accept or reject what I am presented with. What a great way to consider how I want my life to be:
What do I want to accept in this moment? The fact that my love is within me always or reject that and accept the momentary (Never consistent) woes and drama’s of situations as being something more real than the constant, solid fact that I am forever love.
Hi Adrienne, this is beautiful, thank you. I can feel that every moment matters and that it is a simple choice – do I go down the old, exhausting path and turn on the rejection tap or do I simply connect to the love I am and turn on the acceptance tap?
Today I wanted to read about acceptance and found this again. Adrienne, I love it all over again. This time I have this great image of taps and that I can choose which one to turn on, self doubt and rejection or love and acceptance. And at any stage I can turn off the tap that is self doubt and choose more love – thank you, for so beautifully presenting it.
Thank you Adrienne, this article has brought up a lot for me to consider, with how I live each day and how much I reject the love I am.
Thank you Adrienne, for your illuminating blog. The example you give….”I complete a task at work and it has gone so smoothly and effortlessly that I feel like I have not ‘worked’ on it all”, is something that has happened to me, and like you I have had to resist the urge to say to myself that it was too easy or not challenging enough. Now, I try to to pat myself on the back more often.
Hello again Adrienne – this morning I became aware of where I had chosen to get into my head rather than be present with myself – almost immediately I had a sense of the ‘two types of taps’ (acceptance of rejection) you mentioned in your blog and saw very clearly which tap I was choosing to run, that required a different choice – I am still smiling about the analogy and how supportive it is! Thank you.
A deeply inspiring writing Adrienne that will be reread several times – there is so much in it to enjoy. I can feel the power of your choices and the love that you are beaming out because of them.
The analogy to the bath taps has really brought it home to me, both taps are in use and turning one of them off (rejection) is the most loving and supportive thing I can nurture myself with.
“It’s like having two taps to choose from to fill my bath – acceptance OR rejection – each choice I make turns on one of these taps and I end up swimming in the awfulness of doubt and abuse OR the silk of my knowing it’s not about being perfect, it’s about reconnecting to the enormity of love within and accepting it – now, as I am – and living in a way that honours that precious wisdom”.
Fantastic blog, I had an ‘Oh my God’ moment reading it, as I realised that I can choose to accept or continue to reject in each and every moment. And as I sit here accepting that I’ve felt this, I can feel how in an instance I can connect to the love I am. Thank you for a simple and deeply profound blog.
I feel I’m just starting to appreciate how profound acceptance is too. My ‘ah ha’ moment; Acceptance deconstructs the pitfall of doing never being enough, and in us mistakenly believing doing can somehow be enough, we are actually rejecting the Truth of our essence being Love.
Thank you for a this great perspective on acceptance. Rejection would have it appear that we have to jump through hoops, do this or that to ‘become acceptable’ where as acceptance is as simple as a choice to accept.
What a great way of putting it Leigh, yes rejection is so complicated, like a maze.
Adrienne, I had to read your words a second day in a row. So essential! So profound! I feel you have made this “work” of self acceptance much more tangible for me… now I can SEE it in every moment. I can choose the ‘accepting the love I am’ tap and STOP using the rejection tap, NOW.
Adrienne, What a beauty this is! You describe what acceptance really means in such a way that it is nothing short of pristine. I feel that anyone who reads this could have a huge start on healing themselves…if they only consider that living love is as simple as you have presented!
Thanks Adrienne, the clarity of your expression has inspired me to turn on my acceptance tap today.
Dear Adrienne, You have a beautiful way of expressing with the written word that always resonates deeply within… this piece on acceptance is nothing short of exquisite.
Thanks for deepening my understanding of acceptance, yes I can see how I have filled my bath with both kinds of water at times and it’s been easy to overlook the impact of each choice. From now on, when I know and feel how amazing I am, I will notice very clearly if a voice of doubt emerges to cut me down… And I know what I will choose in response!
Hi Adrienne, what an amazing article and one that I could re-read time and time again. This is a huge confirmation on how simple and easy life actually is and how easy it is to complicate it in so many unnecessary ways. It is time to claim and accept how amazing we are and that this is not about a doing…and let go in full of any ideals/beliefs of what we think we are.
This is beautiful, Adrienne. So true. Thank you for so clearly bringing the attention to the myriad of opportunities offered each day to accept (and expand) or reject the love we are.
Adrienne – I find the way you have expressed the ‘science/art’ of acceptance to be simply extraordinary – as in extraordinarily simple – and beautifully expressed. Your clarity is divine.
Yes I agree Alan. Adrienne writes in a way that reveals deep wisdom and clarity. It is absolutely beautiful.
I so agree with you Alan…I can truly feel what Adrian is expressing.
Thanks Adrienne, what an amazing blog to start my day with!
This is what I want to hear on the radio in the morning – everybody would be strutting to work, joyful to start the day – who would need any coffee if we had the acceptance of our own love our: “ever-unfolding, ever expanding, mighty, without end or diminishment, Way of Love to be”.
Absolutely exquisite Adrienne – and put so simply. Thank you for the precious inspiration to keep turning on the tap of acceptance – who would want muddy, murky self-loathing water anyway? Bleugh… It really is a choice we all have every single moment. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.
Thank you Adrienne. I can feel the enormity of your love… it is an absolutely gorgeous confirmation of this ever expanding love I feel in me, and a reminder to keep allowing and accepting its forever expanding way in mine and everybody else’s lives.
Adrienne, this is just so beautiful to read. Thank you so much for writing and sharing such a gem.
This has been put so simply – thank you Adrienne.
How awesome to now know that living the Way of Love is through accepting this love, saying YES – that is me and allowing the “ever-unfolding, ever expanding, mighty, without end or diminishment” Love we all are, to be expressed. What a joyous and powerful way to be with oneself and with others.
Love your quote Adrienne: “The more I accept the love within the more love within there is to accept”. That’s a keeper!
I love that too Rod. It feels like when you turn the tap on to acceptance that it never really goes off again. We can turn it back, but never off, it just keeps running, and more and more love fills the body, making it easier next time the doubts drop by to see them and turn them fully off.
Awesome blog Adrienne, thank you for sharing.
Thank you – your words are inspiring – and a great reminder of how important it is to look at things in the light of knowing we are enough.
Yes Carmel, “..how important it is to look at things in the light of knowing we are enough.” Wouldn’t this bring about a whole different world?!
This is beautiful Adrienne, such a simple explanation of how we can simply accept ourselves. I love the analogy with the bath. We are so used to turning on the Rejection Tap and having cold baths. It’s time to realise that we do deserve warm baths of Acceptance on a daily basis, and learn to witness how far reaching the effect of these warm baths go. If I learn to accept how beautiful and amazing I am just being Me, I can do the same for everyone else in my life, and I can spread the warmth around. It brings warmth and love to everyone’s day.