Radical Acceptance

I just finished reading the book ‘Radical Acceptance‘ by Tara Brach for the second time in a row. Something in it just spoke to me, and what I learned had a tremendous impact on my meditation practice.

Learning to pause is the first step in the practice of Radical Acceptance. A pause is a suspension of activity, a time of temporary disengagement when we are no longer moving toward any goal. . . . The pause can occur in the midst of almost any activity and can last for an instant, for hours or for seasons of our life. . . . We may pause in the midst of meditation to let go of thoughts and reawaken our attention to the breath. We may pause by stepping out of daily life to go on a retreat or to spend time in nature or to take a sabbatical. . . . You might try it now: Stop reading and sit there, doing “no thing,” and simply notice what you are experiencing.”

Much of what I read isn’t new. Many of the concepts I have heard before. But knowing and internalizing are two different things. This past week, inspired by what I read in the book, my meditation practice has become so much more aware, I have become much kinder to myself and the people around me. I’m looking forward to how I can learn even more from it.

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