I meditate every day. It isn’t the transcendental, raise yourself to some other place, kind of meditation, but rather a process of connecting body to earth and creating a space where information can come to me about the way we live our lives, how we can create change and how we can live in alignment with our higher-self.
On Saturday, I was sitting in my meditation and looking for information about why certain areas of my life seem to be so challenging. The message that came was ‘accept your life.’
My first thought went to accepting that my life is the way it is and that’s the way it’s going to be. This didn’t resonate as a truth. ‘Accept my life’ wasn’t a passive, just- give-up-and-accept-it-as-it-is, message. When I heard ‘accept my life’ I felt empowered.
Still in my meditation space, I choose to look at the energy of these words and what I came to realize is that I was being asked to ‘accept my life’ in this moment. I was being asked to embrace all that it was; the good, the bad and the indifferent. I wasn’t being asked to accept it as a given.
And in that moment of understanding the difference, I felt great peace.
I love words and how we use them. I love discovering that our past experiences can color how we understand a word. I remember a friend of mine once called me a deviant. I was so offended and all he said to me was ‘look it up.’ I did and it means someone who departs from the norm. How could I argue with that?
How we understand a word or a phrase is influenced by our own experiences and the ways in which we’ve heard words used. In this case the word ‘accept’ initially had a passive, inactive, ‘you-can’t-change-this’ meaning to me. As I sat with it the phrase took on a different connotation. Acceptance is not passive. Acceptance is an active process of acknowledging that where you find yourself is where you find yourself.
My meditation didn’t stop there though. I spent the rest of my meditation exploring what happened once I embraced ‘accept my life’ as an active present time statement. In the areas of my life where I was experiencing challenge, I could see and feel that I had resistance to these areas. I didn’t want them to be there, I kept them held outside and separate from me and I was fighting physically, energetically, mentally and emotionally to make these areas different; in an effort to create what I did want in my life.
As soon as I accepted that these areas were there, the resistance went away. I experienced a great sense of peace and lightness of being. And now I feel like I can move forward in creating ways to change these areas. There is a sense of openness and, and, well, of acceptance.
We played with this idea of ‘accepting our lives’ in the Sunday Tele-Meditation I hold for members of FEMSocial, The Conscious Living Guide and The Conscious Mom’s Guide. During the meditation we always focus on some piece of information, something to explore that will help us find balance, create change or live life more consciously. After Sunday’s meditations I asked each member what they had noticed. Some had a similar experience as I did, a wonderful ‘aha’ sort of moment where we could feel old ways releasing. Others were able to understand the concept, but they were not able to move past the ‘old’ understanding that acceptance meant giving up or resigning oneself and because of that, they were unable to ‘accept their lives’. Which brings me to another important point, what works for one person won’t necessary work for another. We are each on our own individual paths. When I share my insight, I share it because I find it interesting, because I like to explore things and discover things, see how they can change our lives and then share that information.
So, my question to you today is ‘what happens when you accept your life?’ Will you give it a try? Will you see if this insight can help you to embrace your life in a different way?
If you do give it a try, leave me a comment and let me know what you experienced.
Thanks for being here!
© 2012 Christine Agro
Christine Agro is a clairvoyant, naturopath, Master Herbalist, conscious mom and author of 50 Ways to Live Life Consciously as well as of The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition). Christine is founder of The Conscious Mom’s Guide, a membership site where she helps support you on your own journey of living life consciously and on your journey of being a Conscious parent. You can also join Christine on Facebook.