Accepting “What-Is” Contemplation

“People are happiest when they accept what is.”

“Accepting what is” is a fundamental spiritual principle, and despite the impression of passiveness, requires us to perceive, and take action, to accomplish.

I am at a place where I really get how important action is…just taking action…just doing it. There are many ways to take spiritual action, but finding the place where you can perceive truth is essential.

The quote for today’s blog is Werner Erhard’s: “People are happiest when they accept what is”.

It is important to see “accepting what is” differently, to see it not as giving up, but flipping that understanding around, to see the joy and happiness that is possible through this contemplation.

Peace to you.

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Hello. I am Ellen Sutherland, and here we are, being spiritual.

I was in an online class this morning, and one of the things that struck me was that I spend a lot of time reading about, and listening to people tell me how it is. Not that that hasn’t been wonderful, to hear the truth of it, to ring with it, it is exciting and motivating. But, I am at a place (which is why I wrote my book) where I really get how important action is, just taking action, just doing it.

I was just looking for a quote, and the quote that I aligned with for this blog is Werner Erhard’s: “People are happiest when they accept what is”.

That seems kind of passive, doesn’t it? Accepting what is?

Certainly I am out there saying that you need to apply, you need to do, you need to just practice your spirituality, yet on the other hand I just ring so truly with “accepting what is”. At the same time they seem incongruous, they seem not to match.

I thought that it would be a real, helpful contemplation to just be with how much action it will take to accept what is. To see it differently, to see it not in a passive way, to see it not as giving up, or resigning youself to “this is the way life is”, but to flip it around, flipping that upside-down view around and looking at what is it about accepting what is, not struggling with what is, not resisting what is, not pushing away what is, not being afraid of what is. What is it about that that brings up joy in us, what brings up peace in us.

I off that to you to just think about. How is that taking action, and what is it about holding that stance? That joy could come to you by accepting what is. That happiness most likely comes to you by accepting what is.

I hope this brings you a week of fullness and joy.

Peace to you.

About ellen

Ellen Sutherland shares her work through her sites: http://www.beingspiritual.com, http://www.ellensutherland.com and her book: "At Your Heart's Pace",
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