Acceptance is a form of surrender; it is the power to meet the present without resistance, blame, or expectation. Many mindfulness and spiritual practices start with a basis of acceptance, and move toward gratitude and letting go. Many psychological approaches also work to foster acceptance, as it helps to see the realities of our situation with clarity. The more clearly we can see the challenges in front of us, the more clearly we can see the opportunities they bring.
In a world where fear, crisis, and insufficiency dominate the media and many personal lives, the notion of claiming contentment may seem fantastic or even heretical. Yet finding sufficiency right where you stand may be the answer to a world obsessed with lack.
Twenty-six years ago, poet Mark Nepo discovered a lump on the back of his head, but he didn't get it checked out until a friend urged him to see a doctor. Find out why Mark says there was no way to go back to the life he had been living after that medical visit.