Accept this moment as it is (quotes)


Accept and welcome this moment without judgement


The core of many spiritual teachings is pure acceptance

  • Every true spiritual teaching is about entering the state of non-resistance voluntarily, that is to say consciously. Eckhart Tolle
  • Spirituality: Allowing what IS … to Be. RaMah
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Accept this moment exactly as it is

  • All you really need to do is accept this moment fully. You are then at ease in the here and now and at ease with yourself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Are you trying to escape the moment, fleeing from it and struggling against it? Or are you inhabiting the moment effortlessly? Leo Babauta
  • At this moment, you are exactly where you’re meant to be. There is nowhere else you can be. Eckhart Tolle
  • We must learn to position ourselves effortlessly within each moment, rather than stumbling through time. We can either escape from the moment or stay with it as it unfolds and do something good with it. P.M. Forni
  • We can only Be Here Now when we accept instantly our moment-by-moment emotional experience. Gita Bellin
  • I embrace the present and become one with it. I fully experience it. Deepak Chopra
  • Of course, there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings. Arthur Rubinstein
  • Your natural state is allowing things to be – not in a dismissive way, but an engaging way. Adyashanti
  • The now is now, as it is now. Minus everything you’re thinking about it.  Adyashanti
  • Acceptance means accepting the conditions of this moment (e.g. there is pain), rather than the story or concept you create around it (e.g. I have a serious illness.) Eckhart Tolle
  • So often our greatest triumph is a willing surrender. Robert Brault
  • Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centred by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.  Chuang Tzu
  • As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is. Ram Dass
  • You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. Carl Sagan
  • Embrace the moment

More than that, consciously welcome this moment as it is …

  • Each day, accept everything that comes to you as a gift. At night, mentally give it all back. In this way, you become free. Daniel Levin
  • Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else. Andre Gide
  • Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Learn to wish that everything should come to pass exactly as it does. Epictetus
  • What is, is simply what is. Allow it and rejoice in it. Deepak Chopra

… for Now is exactly as its meant to be

  • I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were. Deepak Chopra
  • If you know that all is well, you know all you need to know. Abraham-Hicks
  • Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs? Marcus Aurelius
  • Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature’s grand design – do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things.  Morihei Ueshiba
  • Catch yourself when you fall into your habit of insisting that things should be other than they are. Gently remind yourself that life is okay the way it is, right now.  In the absence of your judgement, everything would be fine.  As you begin to eliminate your need for perfection in all areas of your life, you’ll begin to discover the perfection in life itself. Richard Carlson
  • Trust in the divine order of the universe

Acceptance is the opposite of resistance


Acceptance means not resisting what is

  • The master is totally at one with this moment. He or she does not oppose, internally, this moment. He or she offers no inner- resistance to this moment – to the isness of now – to whatever arises now. It is not resisted internally. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be very, very still and allow every new experience to take place in your life without any resistance whatsoever. You do not have to do anything, you simply have to be and let things happen. Eileen Caddy
  • I have learned to offer no resistance to what is; I have learned to allow the present moment to be and to accept the impermanent nature of all things and conditions. Thus, I have found peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you…If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you: and even if it is troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out, if you sincerely bless it. Emmet Fox
  • When the resistance is gone, the demons are gone. Pema Chodron
  • But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:39
  • Put from you the belief that ‘I have been wronged’, and with it will go the feeling. Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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Resistance is of the ego

  • Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable. Eckhart Tolle
  • Resistance is an inner contraction, a hardening of the shell of the ego. you are closed. Yielding means inner acceptance of what is. You are open to life. Eckhart Tolle
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To resist the moment is to resist life

  • Every story is a variation on a single theme: This shouldn’t be happening. I shouldn’t be having this experience. God is unjust. Life isn’t fair. Byron Katie
  • When you struggle against this moment, you’re actually struggling against the entire universe. Deepak Chopra
  • Resisting is obstructing the power of the universe. Eckhart Tolle
  • Because it should be–it does not follow that it must be. Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

To surrender is to open to life

  • Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender comes when you no longer ask, “Why is this happening to me? Eckhart Tolle
  • Life is beautiful if you flow with its natural beauty. Resistance makes it ugly. Terri Guillemets
  • When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore. Presence is the key. Now is the key. Eckhart Tolle
  • Take what is given, and make it your own way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going. Not against:   Robert Frost
  • Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary it means accepting it as it comes. . . . To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety. Paul Tournier
  • Acceptance is observation of life and suspension of judgment about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong. Ron Smotherman

What we resist, we strengthen

  • Whatever we fight, we shall strengthen, for the mere fact of fighting it is witness to our belief in it……Belief is but worship by degree. Resistance of any kind achieves the opposite of its intent. Peter Erbe
  • What you resist, persists. Carl Jung
  • Anything that you fight with or struggle against grows larger. You give power to lower energies by focusing upon them. You don’t eliminate darkness by arguing with it. The only way to eliminate darkness is to turn on a light. Doreen Virtue
  • What you resist, persists. If you are resisting something, you are feeding it.  Any energy you actively fight, you are feeding.  If you are using negative energy to push something away, you are inviting it to stay.  Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • If you aren’t willing to have it, you will. Steven Hayes
  • You cannot resist something to which you grant no reality. The act of resisting a thing is the act of granting it life. When you resist an energy, you place it there. The more you resist, the more you make it real—whatever it is you are resisting. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Whatever you are pushing against, you are stuck to. Werner Erhard

Resisting what is leads to pain and suffering …

  • The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want. Byron Katie
  • Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu
  • The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. Ram Dass
  • We can start to see that our pain lies between what we think should happen and what actually happens. Then, if we remove the secret demand for this or that to happen, the pain- gap vanishes. Vernon Howard
  • Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds. Dan Millman
  • The only problem, the only thing that causes you any trouble, the only thing that slows you down, the only thing that keeps you from what you want, the only thing that makes you sick is resistance. Abraham-Hicks
  • All of your pain and suffering comes from your resistance to what is. Dick Sutphen’s one sentence summary of the teachings of Buddha
  • Pain is the price you pay for resisting life. Dr. Phil McGraw
  • You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer. Eckhart Tolle
  • The pain that you create now is always some form of non-acceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. Eckhart Tolle
  • What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is meant to be.
  • Non-acceptance of change causes suffering. Sampo Kaasila
  • He who doesn’t accept the conditions of life sells his soul. Charles Baudelaire
  • Pain,  Suffering

… because if you fight this moment, you’ll lose every time

  • I’m a lover of reality. When I argue with What Is, I lose, but only 100% of the time. Byron Katie
  • How do I know that the wind should blow? It’s blowing! I realized that it’s insane to oppose it. When I argue with reality, I lose—but only 100% of the time. Byron Katie
  • If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark. Byron Katie
  • It is not life’s events that are causing problems or stress. It is your resistance to life’s events that is causing this experience. Since the problem is caused by using your will to resist the reality of life passing through you, the solution is obvious—stop resisting. Michael Singer
  • Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it. Shakti Gawain
  • The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • You don’t get to vote on what is. Have you noticed? Byron Katie
  • The whole Universe has brought this moment about. Who am I to fight it? Eckhart Tolle

Resisting leads to inner stress and negativity

  • Learn to stop resisting reality, and what used to look like stressful problems will begin to look like the stepping- stones of your spiritual journey. Michael Singer
  • Stress happens when the mind resists what is. Dan Millman
  • When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation. Donna Quesada
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Flow with what is

  • Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centred by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.  Chuang Tzu
  • Life is safe; flowing with the current of being is the simplest way to live. Resistance never really succeeds. Controlling the flow of life is impossible. Deepak Chopra
  • Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu
  • Life is beautiful if you flow with its natural beauty. Resistance makes it ugly. Terri Guillemets
  • The moment – the now – is like a river, which carries you forward, ever-changing and ever moving. You either flow with this now or reject it and fight it, but that doesn’t stop the flow; it only determines your experience of it. Gina Lake
  • Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life. Epictetus
  • Dancing with life is moving into the flow of our experiences – good or bad – with a feeling of harmony, trust, guidance and love. Susan Jeffers
  • Go with the flow

Let things be as they are without judgement


Don’t judge this moment as good or bad

  • I will practice non-judgement. Today I shall judge nothing that occurs. Deepak Chopra
  • To be in alignment with what is means to be in a relationship of inner non-resistance with what happens. It means not to label it mentally as good or bad, but to let it be. Eckhart Tolle
  • Accept the present moment without judgment. Eckhart Tolle
  • To complain is always non-acceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen. Epictetus
  • Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter. Long Chen Pa
  • Allow rather than resist what arises in the present moment—inside or out. Let it be interesting rather than good or bad. Dan Millman
  • The first thing to understand about the universe is that no condition is “good” or “bad.” It just is. So stop making value judgments. The second thing to know is that all conditions are temporary. Nothing stays the same, nothing remains static. Which way a thing changes depends on you. Neale Donald Walsch
  • And when you live in complete acceptance of what is – which is the only sane way to live – there is no “good” or “bad” in your life anymore. There is only a higher good – which includes the “bad.” Eckhart Tolle
  • It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. Ram Dass
  • Acceptance is observation of life and suspension of judgment about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong. R Smotherman
  • The great way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely far apart. If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind. When the deep meaning of things is not understood, the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail. Third Zen Patriarch
  • Let go of the need to evaluate things as good or bad

Simply let things be as they are

  • Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life. Epictetus
  • A thing is complete when you can let it be. Gita Bellin
  • When your mind starts telling you what you have to do to make everything okay, don’t buy into what it’s telling you. The truth is, everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything. And that’s the only time everything will be okay. Michael A. Singer
  • The final practice: Leaving yourself alone. Not doing anything to yourself. Not interfering with your own experience. Letting your experience be exactly the way it is 100%. A.H. Almaas
  • What if the foundation of your life, and not just the foundation of your time spent in meditation, became allowing everything to be as it is? Adyashanti
  • Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu
  • It’s not a matter of letting go—you would if you could. Instead of “Let it go,” we should probably say “Let it be. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Say an unconditional “yes” to what is

  • The word “yes” sums up spirituality and sanity. An unconditional yes to what is frees us from the self- imposed suffering that results when we fear facing the givens of life. Yes is born of trust and heals fear. This is because we are acknowledging that whatever happens to us is part of our story and useful on our path. Our yes to the conditions of existence means getting on with life rather than being caught up in disputes and attempts to gain control over how things play out.  David Richo
  • Our ego’s futile and ferocious attempts to make everything come out its own way give way to letting the chips fall where they may. Yes frees us from the suffering caused by the compulsion to be in charge. David Richo
  • Your yes means that you accept the facts as they are, that you are not resisting them emotionally even if you are trying with all your might to change them. This will usually bring some peace—and will help any actions you take be more effective. Rick Hanson
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The rewards of accepting this moment as it is


Acceptance is the first step to change

  • In order to change things, you must first embrace them as they are. Gay Hendricks
  • Be willing to have it so; acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. William James
  • Rather than fighting it internally, wouldn’t it be much better just to accept what is first – and then change what you want, if you still want to? Karl Moore
  • Do you constantly want to change the way things are? What if you had done that one thing differently in the past? Stop it. You’re putting yourself in mental hell. Accept what is. Ironically, that is the first step to change. Henri Junttila
  • Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. Katherine Mansfield
  • Change what can be changed, otherwise surrender to what is. Eckhart Tolle
  • There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley
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Acceptance is the key to moving on

  • Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation, then deciding what you’re going to do about it. Kathleen Casey Theisen
  • You must accept the present as is. Accept the present and intend the future. The future is something you can always create through detached intention, but you should never struggle against the present. Deepak Chopra
  • This means that your acceptance of this moment is total and complete. You accept things as they are, not as you wish they were in this moment. This is important to understand. You can wish for things in the future to be different, but in this moment, you have to accept things as they are. Deepak Chopra
  • Indeed, the capacity to be present to everything that is happening, without resistance, creates possibility. It creates possibility in the same way that, if you are far-sighted, finding your glasses revives your ability to read or remove a splinter from a child’s finger. At last you can see. You can leave behind the struggle to come to terms with what is in front of you, and move on. Roz & Ben Zander
  • Surrender doesn’t obstruct power; it enhances it. Marianne Williamson
  • Accepting does not necessarily mean ‘liking,’ ‘enjoying,’ or ‘condoning.’ I can accept what is—and be determined to evolve from there. It is not acceptance but denial that leaves me stuck. Nathaniel Branden
  • The core principle for feeling at peace in the present moment is to act or accept, but never stay stuck. John Kuypers

Acceptance is the key to transcendence

  • To succeed is to accept the world as it is and rise above it. Michael Korda
  • Be willing to have it so. Acceptance is the first step in overcoming the consequences of misfortune. We need to allow ourselves to cooperate with the inevitable, take things in our stride with strength. As we stop fighting the inevitable, we release energy that enables us to create a richer life. Dale Carnegie
  • I’ve never transcended what I haven’t embraced. Jon Marc Hammer
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Accepting this moment leads to spiritual awakening

  • Enlightenment is the “quiet acceptance of what is.” I believe the truly enlightened beings are those who refuse to allow themselves to be distressed over things that simply are the way they are. Wayne Dyer
  • The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart. Alan Redpath
  • Non-resistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living. Eckhart Tolle
  • One enters the kingdom not through truths or teachings but moment-to-moment surrendering to the Mystery. John Kehoe
  • Non-resistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe. Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the is- ness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer. Through allowing, you become what you are: vast, spacious. Consciousness (spirit) is freed from its imprisonment in form. Eckhart Tolle
  • The decision to make the present moment into your friend is the end of the ego. The ego can never be in alignment with the present moment, which is to say, aligned with life, since its very nature compels it to ignore, resist, or devalue the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Linguistically, surrender means surrender to somebody, but spiritually surrender simply means trust, relaxing. It is an attitude rather than an act, you live through trust. Osho
  • If you are willing to experience anything directly and immediately, whether good or bad, joyous or hateful, you will recognize that what you are running from does not exist, and what you are running toward is already here. Gangaji
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Accepting this moment brings inner peace

  • When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. The realm of Being, which has been obscured by the mind, then opens up. Suddenly a great stillness arises within you, an unfathomable sense of peace. And within that peace, there is great joy. And within that joy, there is love. And at the innermost core, there is the sacred and immeasurable, That which cannot be named. Eckhart Tolle
  • To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. Eckhart Tolle
  • The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is – no matter what form it takes – you are still, you are at peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • Acceptance of what is actually occurring in the moment is one of the ultimate forms of wisdom. It is one of the greatest stress relievers available to the human race. Richard Carlson
  • The only way to get to a place better than where you are, is to make peace with where you are. Abraham-Hicks
  • Peace is non-resistance, complete acceptance, identification with all, everyone, everything. Lester Levenson
  • Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life. Epictetus
  • If I am not feeling at peace, I accept my “non-peace.” Anything I accept fully will take me into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. Eckhart Tolle
  • A thing is complete when you can let it be. Gita Bellin
  • Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it. Shakti Gawain
  • Make peace with where you are. You are where you are. When you make peace with where you are you turn downstream easily. When you don’t make peace with where you are you’re upstream. Abraham-Hicks
  • Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace. Epictetus
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Acceptance brings growth and learning

  • When you are in a state of non-acceptance, it’s difficult to learn. A clenched fist cannot receive a gift, and a clenched psyche grasped tightly against the reality of what must not be accepted cannot easily receive a lesson. John-Roger
  • Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it “the first law of personal growth”. Peter McWilliams
  • No matter what comes up, we can learn new ways of being with it. Sharon Salzberg
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Accepting this moment brings happiness, freedom and clarity

  • Happiness is a function of accepting what is. Werner Erhard
  • Happiness is experienced when your life gives you what you are willing to accept. Ken Keys, Jr.
  • Happiness can exist only in acceptance. Denis De Rougamont
  • Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted. Deepak Chopra
  • Happiness is allowing yourself to be okay with what is, rather than wishing for, and bemoaning, what is not. Obviously, what is is what is supposed to be, or it would not be. The rest is just you, arguing with life. Somewhere along the way you will have to learn to just trust Life. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Not being in opposition to the present moment brings clarity. Michael Jeffreys
  • Dancing with life is moving into the flow of our experiences – good or bad – with a feeling of harmony, trust, guidance and love. Susan Jeffers
  • Freedom is instantaneous the moment we accept things the way they are. Karen Maezen Miller
  • The difference between me and you is that I don’t mind what happens. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Life is a game with no rules. Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions. Our only path to happiness lies in being open to receiving whatever life throws at us – with Gratitude. Jonathan Huie
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Acceptance enables intelligent action where necessary


Acceptance does not mean being passive

  • There is a comfort in non-resistance. This does not mean letting yourself be a doormat, or saying yes to everything requested of you. In fact, being extremely passive is just another form of resistance. Being overly- accommodating and passive is just resisting having a difficult conversation, disagreeing, or expressing yourself. In essence, you’re just resisting. So what’s there to do? Observe what’s going on, and just let yourself be with it – – the way you are, the way you aren’t, the way the situation is, the way the situation is not. Quite simply, to stop resisting – – stop resisting!  Jeremy Savage

Acceptance does not mean you have to say “yes” to everything, but it does affect how you say “no.”

  • If you resist or fight unconscious behaviour in others, you become unconscious yourself. But surrender does not mean that you allow yourself to be used by unconscious people. Not at all. It is perfectly possible to say “no” firmly and clearly to a person or to walk away from a situation and be in a state of complete inner non-resistance at the same time. When you say no to a person or a situation let it come not from reaction but from insight, from a clear realization of what is right or not right for you at that moment. Let it be a nonreactive no, a high- quality no, a no that is free from negativity and so creates no further suffering.  Eckhart Tolle
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Accepting what is allows calm, intelligent action to arise where it is possible

  • The action you take after surrender is always more effective than when you fight against life. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you are one with what is, the universal intelligence arises to create right action. Eckhart Tolle
  • In the state of surrender, I see clearly what needs to be done. I take action, focusing on one thing at a time. Calmly and in the now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Then, if action is possible or necessary, you take action or rather right action happens through you. Right action is action that is appropriate to the whole.  When the action is accomplished, the alert, spacious stillness remains.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Accept—then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life. Eckhart Tolle
  • We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye. Carlos Castaneda
  • At every moment of difficulty in your life you have a choice: you can oppose what you are experiencing, or compose what you choose. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable. Denis Waitley
  • If you can change things, after accepting them, you’ll have a sharper mind and more energy to do so. Karl Moore
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If action is not possible, acceptance is the only healthy option anyway

  • If there is nothing you can do, face what is and say, ‘Well, right now, this is how it is. I can either accept it, or make myself miserable.’ The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about the situation. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is. Eckhart Tolle
  • If a situation can be fixed, why get upset about it? If a situation cannot be fixed, What’s the use of getting upset? Geshe Michael Roach
  • He didn’t like it; he couldn’t avoid it, it was there; and he couldn’t change it. That left him with the choice of being happy or unhappy about the experience. Josè Silva and Burt Goldman
  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. Maya Angelou
  • Where there is no solution, there is no problem. John Price’s
  • Five Rules for Happiness. 1. If you like something, enjoy it. 2. If you don’t like something, avoid it. 3. If you don’t like something and can’t avoid it, change it. 4. If you can’t or choose not to avoid or change something you don’t like, then accept it. 5. You accept something by changing your perception of it. Josè Silva and Burt Goldman
  • Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. Eckhart Tolle
  • Remedy it, or welcome it: a wise man’s only two choices. Terri Guillemets
  • There are two primary choices of life: To accept conditions as they exist, or to accept the responsibility of changing them. Denis Waitley
  • Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?   Lao Tzu
  • If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity. No psychic pollution. Keep your inner space clear. Eckhart Tolle

Accept this moment through …


Accept this moment through mindful observing

  • Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. Sylvia Boorstein
  • You go from reacting to observing. There is an emotional disconnection that must take place; non- attachment. This doesn’t mean not feeling anything, but being okay with whatever outcome manifests. Swami Premodaya
  • Meditation has made me realize the futility of getting worked up about things I can’t control—which is essentially everything. Russell Simmons
  • Observation

Accept this moment through understanding

  • Anything that makes it easier to understand, makes it a little easier to bear. Rosie Thomas
  • Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. K. Rowling
  • Understanding

Accept your life too


Accept your life exactly as it is

  • I come home to life as well. Things are what they are. I let go and allow life to just happen, instead of trying to orchestrate it. I appreciate everything just for what it is. I’ve tried to make believe life is something it is not – some utopia where every dream is fulfilled. Life is happy and sad. Life is joy and grief. Life is health and sickness. Life is excitement and boredom. Life is having friends and being lonely. Life is achieving your goals and failing at your goals. Life is being confused and being sure. Life is what it is and if I look at it beyond my illusion of what I think it should be, I find within its diversity, tremendous beauty and goodness. Friendship, a brilliant blue sky, making love, sunsets, acts of kindness, the beach, trees, a good movie, delicious food, a hot bath, beautiful music. Maybe there’s no caviar but there’s always a hot bowl of soup and it will nourish me. I let go of any bitterness, disappointment, anxiety or frustration and let the sun warm my bones. Wake up! Life is spilling out abundantly. Come home and enjoy it. John Kehoe
  • One of the most important lessons to ever learn is that life is rarely exactly as we would like it to be. Instead, life is exactly as it is. Nothing more and nothing less. And the closer we come to making peace with this fact of life, the happier and less stressed we will become. Richard Carlson
  • Make peace with where you are. You are where you are. When you make peace with where you are you turn downstream easily. When you don’t make peace with where you are you’re upstream. Abraham-Hicks
  • I am where I am … and it’s okay. Abraham-Hicks
  • Be in love with your life. Every detail of it.  Jack Kerouac

A Zen story on accepting what is

  • The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life. A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child. This made her parents very angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin. In great anger the parents went to the master. “Is that so?” was all he would say. When the child was born, the parents brought it to the Hakuin, who now was viewed as a pariah by the whole village. They demanded that he take care of the child since it was his responsibility. “Is that so?” Hakuin said calmly as he accepted the child. A year later the girl- mother could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth –that the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fishmarket. The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask his forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back again. Hakuin was willing. In yielding the child, all he said was: “Is that so?”
  • Zen stories


  • Today I will let things happen without worrying about the significance of each event. I will trust that this will bring about my growth faster than running around with a microscope. I will have faith that my lessons will reveal themselves in their own time. Melody Beattie
  • I surrender to life as it is, not as it should be. Richard Carlson