Radical Acceptance

It might come as a surprise to you that something as calm, balanced, and rational as acceptance can be considered radical. What makes something radical? For our purposes, it means it is both 1) a departure from the traditional, and 2) complete & total. When we put that together with acceptance, which is allowing what … Continue reading Radical Acceptance

The Paradox of Acceptance

Acceptance is compassionate presence - acknowledging what is without judgment. It allows us to see things more clearly. When we accept, we are saying, “Yes, this is the way it is right now.” Yet, acceptance is not resignation. When we stop struggling against the uncontrollable, we have more bandwidth to focus on the things we can … Continue reading The Paradox of Acceptance

Equanimity Now

Equanimity is a state of calm and composure - a balance of the mind, even under stress. It is something that arises naturally from a dedicated mindfulness practice. Cultivating equanimity allows us to respond in a clear-minded and open-eyed fashion, rather than reacting blindly out of emotion or on impulse. Meditation teacher Shinzen Young said, “Equanimity is … Continue reading Equanimity Now

Non-Striving

Non-striving is one of the seven interdependent fundamental attitudes of mindfulness that are consciously cultivated during practice, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn in his book Full Catastrophe Living. Cultivating this attitude involves not trying to get anywhere - letting go of attachment to any outcome - just allowing things to be as they are without agenda and without … Continue reading Non-Striving

Letting Go and Letting Be

Letting go is one of the seven interdependent fundamental attitudes of mindfulness that are consciously cultivated during practice, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn in his book Full Catastrophe Living. It is the opposite of grasping and clinging to what we want. Instead we learn to let go of desires and aversions - the urge to control … Continue reading Letting Go and Letting Be