With the continuing public health crisis, we are all asked to face a difficult reality that is challenging to accept and understand. While this is a universal challenge, many of us are also experiencing a range of specific emotions that are inevitable in response to these events. Under the present conditions, many of us feel overwhelmed by the intensity and duration of these emotions. When these emotions arise, we have a choice. We can refuse to accept the situation and our internal experiences, or we can practice acceptance and work to find ways to tolerate the pain, get through it and regain peace of mind.
When we start to turn our mind towards acceptance, we are bringing in willingness and compassion to work on the reality as it is. Acceptance is very difficult. A great place to start is to begin to notice and observe your thoughts, feelings and sensations. In doing so, we are approaching our primitive responses to the situation. Acceptance looks like slowly letting go of the war we have with painful responses and pivoting towards observation, willingness and compassion. As a community, what are the ways you are slowing down, observing and turning to acceptance during this difficult time?
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