“The greatest wisdom to keep in mind with all the phenomena in the parade of your life, whether they be valleys or peaks, is that ‘this too shall pass’. Celebrate, yes, and keep on riding the tiger.” –Osho
Acceptance has been a buzz word in my life of late. Through difficulty and ease, victory and disappointment, chaos and calm – accepting my current state of being, and the circumstances surrounding me, has helped to keep me sane.
This is no easy task, though, by any means. I have spent most of my life avoiding my own pain, fear, sadness, embarrassment, boredom – you name it. It is not easy to be present in a moment of hardship, and accept the pain it causes, especially if nothing else can be done.
Being able to acknowledge my own emotions, and name that which causes them, enables me to accept my situation, understand what lead me up to that point, and determine how I can respond. Acceptance is a very powerful tool in this way.
But to accept and fully comprehend that my situation, my emotions, my challenges, and even my successes, are all temporary is astounding. This means I can expect change, even plan for it!
During a difficult situation, knowing that something different (maybe even something better) is on the horizon can help to ease my pain. And during times of celebration, I can make the most out every minute before the situation changes.
I realize this is a glaringly obvious lesson, but I often struggle to see past my immediate emotions. When upset or depressed, it takes a great deal of effort to take a step back and see the bigger picture. When excited or proud, I rarely think about the impermanence of these feelings, or my situation.
Understanding that circumstances can, and will change, can help to keep me present and focused on the emotions, situations and people right in front of me. Knowing that it is all temporary can to keep me grounded and centered around my core, my truth. Reminding myself that ‘this too shall pass’ will help me to be mentally prepared for this inevitably changing world.