Acceptance

I meditate with Calm every morning (and sometimes in the afternoon as of late) and a couple of days ago my practice was focused on acceptance. I welcomed that topic, as I have been pondering on how to feel surrounding what’s currently going on in the world.

I don’t think that any of us could have predicted we’d be where we are today. The surge of panic, uncertainty, and cancelations have caused many of us to suddenly plummet into a deep sadness. I’ve read a lot of articles about how the world is grieving, not just for those lost to the illness, but grieving what our life has become, grieving for our life before. The time before all of the “shelter in place”, school cancelations, and toilet paper shortages.

Throughout all the strangeness, it’s been comforting for me to know that every single person on this planet is going through this. You are not the only one who has lost a sense of normalcy, lost the freedom to go wherever you’d like. Some have even lost loved ones. We are ALL going through it in our own way.

Recently, I have been sitting with some acceptance of what’s going on in the world right now. Acceptance that we are in a world-wide pandemic, that we have never dealt with a health crisis of this magnitude before. Acceptance that I have been furloughed from my job and am unemployed for the foreseeable future.

The meditation I was practicing was written and guided by teacher Jeff Warren as part of his series for Calm. The following quote includes some pearls of wisdom he shared:

Acceptance does not mean approval. It does not mean collapse or indifference. Acceptance is realism. It means: this is what’s going on in the present moment and I’m going to acknowledge that it exists. We then have the space to make an appropriate response.

Jeff Warren

It means: this is what’s going on in the present moment and I’m going to acknowledge that it exists. Wow. So funny how a simple phrase can really put your world into perspective.

I have jokingly shared that I’m wired differently, that my brain defaults to the positive, which has prompted me in my adult life to check in with myself and give myself allowance for negative feelings. And though I am still grieving, I am also accepting. I am staying home, only going out to retrieve things I need, social distancing from others when I am outside getting exercise, limiting my media intake, reading lots of books, playing lots of Animal Crossing, and seeking support when I need it.

I don’t approve of this new world we live in, but I am accepting that it is the world we are living in today. This is the present moment and I am living in it. Sending all of you good energy and love during this time. Please reach out if you need someone to talk to, we are all here together.

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