We in recovery speak a lot about acceptance. It seems to go against what the world as we know it would do. Acceptance at the onset seems weak, it seems to be that thing that our ego would tell us means we are nothing, we are useless, we are defeated. In the many lessons encountered in life, there is one that would teach us this is false if we let it.
Stress is in and of itself a mind dis-ease caused by our ego. Our ego says, “this can not be”. In this we see the ego is illusion and illusion and truth can not co-exist. For clearly what is, is truth. Stress is that mind battle that physically can result in so many symptoms. Acceptance of truth rids us of this dis-ease and can heal. Stress is a dis-ease of faithlessness.
A loved one when they are at the end of their life or path is one of the seemingly hardest parts of life to go through. The ego sees the “end of life” many times in one life time. We can see it in relationships ending in particular when we see “special” or in our terms “codenpendent” relationships ending or starting. We see it in physical death, we see it in even things like our children growing up and moving away. We see it in physical location moves whether wanted or not. There is a reason that these “changes” seem to cause stress.
I have noticed latetly for myself that as I have seen in years passed, these days of stress, get less and less and when it does come I am able to recognize it more quickly.
The truth of our higherpower is known in the hearts of all (hu) man(s). It is known because in order for the ego to want to “rule” it must perceive there is more and something to rule against or win against. What it can not handle is that it is powerless and our higher power “full” of power When we align our will with our higher power illlusions cease. Truth becomes what is and acceptance comes easily.
What can acceptance bring? It is living life as it is, what is beyond our control is beyond our control. Like death or impending death of a loved one. Acceptance yields time that is left. So much of our time is spend fighting what is , as stress or worry, and stealing the rest of now. Acceptance brings the gift of time to be at peace, no fear, no stress, no worry….serenity…. if only for a moment, lets us experience personally that peace that passes all understanding.
I think about that a lot these days.
I am grateful for my powerlessness, I am grateful for my Higher Power’s power”full”ness and for the recognition, gift and experience of acceptace.
We thank You, Father that we cannot lose the memory of you and of Your love. We recognize our safety, and give thanks for all the gifts You have bestowed on us for all the loving help we have received, for Your eternal patience, and the Word which You have given us that we are saved. ~ a prayer from ACiM L234 v.2