“If you are irritated by every rub how will you be polished.”
– Rumi –
This art, and practice, of Allowing and Accepting is so helpful towards living a more liberated life. By truly allowing the present moment to unfold as it does and accepting whatever arises, one ends up following the path of least resistance and ultimately a path of more ease and contentment.
However, on the flipside, should we not Allow and Accept, and resist what is, it’s a common path towards suffering, to veer away from that lets look into this further.
When in a state of Allowing and Accepting one is living with a quality of openness, flexibility and grounded-ness. It’s also the process of not placing one’s happiness upon an external source and the process of judging less.
You don’t even need to be happy to accept and allow; you can be upset or stressed and still connect with Allowing and Accepting whatever is showing up for you, physically, mentally or emotionally. And through not rejecting what is, it leads to more peace.
It would be remiss not mention natures skill of so artfully, harmoniously and beautifully Allowing and Accepting each ever-changing moment and season. We would benefit from behaving like a fallen leaf, moving in the direction the wind is blowing us and upon finding ourselves in a turbulent river, following the current of life downstream.
Put this to the test; it’s not always so easy, so start with the small stuff. And with time, hopefully, you will feel and see the benefits of this worthwhile practice.
“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”
3 ways to explore this in your Yoga Asana Practice
Allowing & Accepting your limitations.
We all have these, and it can be injurious to push ourselves beyond them. Practice finding that sweet spot, then allowing the breath to move freely through any restrictions (tightness) and intense moments.
Allowing & Accepting your state of mind.
When you come to practice, it doesn’t matter how you are feeling, come as you are and allow and accept whatever mood you’re in. Do the yoga and let the breath and movement do it’s magic.
Allowing & Accepting your changing body.
Every day your body will behave slightly differently so work with it, not against it. Allow and accept it’s fluctuating and changeable nature. Including the possible sporadic rhythm of the breath during the practice, you may not be able to keep it steady, deep and calm throughout and that’s okay.
Enjoyed reading this? Check out my blog post “ACCEPTANCE, ENJOYMENT + ENTHUSIASM”.
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