OK In Health - Embracing Change

The Power of Acceptance - May 2019

Truly the power of acceptance has little to do with agreement

By Lyndsay Blais

red apple wrapped around by a measuring tape

Acceptance is often confused with being in agreement, in other words saying yes to something.  If I accept my current circumstances, than I must be satisfied with the outcomes I’ve got…right?

The opposite of acceptance is to be in resistance, saying NO to something.  The ironic thing here is that we think we must fight against something if we want it to change, otherwise we are just raising the white flag, and acting like there is nothing we can do.  I challenge you to look at this resistance with a critical eye…you may find out it isn’t really getting you the result you want.

How much of your energy does it take to be against something?  You know, arguing, fighting, commiserating about it, and telling everyone you see just how against the situation you are.  All of this resistance takes up your time and your precious energy, and frankly, just creates more of the thing you are resisting in the first place.  Have you heard the phrase “what you resist – persists”, the things you avoid dealing with directly, oftentimes grow and become a bigger deal, demanding even more of your time and attention because they have been ignored for so long! 

Truly the power of acceptance has little to do with agreement, we can accept that we weigh more than we would like to, it doesn’t mean we have to stay that way, we can accept that our relationships could use some work to make them more meaningful, but it doesn’t mean they don’t yearn for attention, we can accept that our bank account isn’t showing a positive balance, but it doesn’t mean it is doomed to stay that way…acceptance invites us to be present with what is, so we can get busy doing what needs to be done to get different results if that is what we truly desire.

So instead of resisting what you would like to see as different…try accepting what is.  If you acknowledge it and embrace it, you may even find the gift in the situation, a reason you are experiencing it in otherwords.  From this more relaxed perspective see if you can come to a place of creative solution…at the very least, by virtue of accepting the situation for what it is, you free up your energy to think clearly and take inspired action in the direction you desire.

Three key words to get you out of resistance…Stop – Look – Choose!

Stop the auto-pilot…stop making up stories of what if’s and if only’s and get honest with yourself  - if you feel like you are carrying more weight than you would like, get on a scale, have a look, how much do you weigh, and stop kidding yourself, evaluate your lifestyle habits…those habits created the body you currently inhabit, and once you are aware of them, you can change them.  

Look at the situation as neutral, it is what it is, feeling bad about it won’t change a thing, but it sure won’t motivate you to make healthy choices.  Also take a look at the choices you have; in the example above, you have the choice to be more active, to eat different foods, to prepare in advance so you aren’t tempted when you are running behind and hungry in the middle of the day.  You will find you have more choices than you may have initially thought.

Then choose (from among your real choices) the ones that will support you with your goals.  Do you have an amount of weight you would like to lose?  What kinds of choices would help you do that? 

With all of the energy you save from beating yourself up on a regular basis, (aka resistance) you can clearly see the choices that are in alignment with your goal, and you will find yourself with more resilience to choose healthy options more consistently.

Be aware, that when you fall off the plan, (as we humans are known to do!) it is easy to go into resistance to that…this formula works with everything and anything!  If you don’t follow your plan, accept the choices you made, and free yourself from the chains of the past, and simply allow yourself to choose again freely in this new moment.

Acceptance does not mean you agree with the way things are and that you are happy about it…acceptance is a means towards acknowledging the truth of where you are – so you know where you are starting with your goal.  The next step is moving toward that goal, one baby step at a time!

Carpe diem! Seize the day!

~ Lyndsay




Lyndsay BlaisLyndsay's Bio: Lyndsay Blais, creator and facilitator of the Embracing Change Program; Assisting Individuals through Career and Life Transitions. Contact Lyndsay in Penticton, B.C. 250-809-5399 - Email


Penticton Wellness Body and Soul Fair 2019

Copyright © 2004- 2011 OKinHealth.com. This article is of the copyright of OK in Health and the author; any reproduction, duplication and transmission of the article are to have prior written approval by OK in Health or the author.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER
This information and research is intended to be reliable, but its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. All material in this article is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this newsletter / e-magazine / website. Readers should consult their doctor and other qualified health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The information and opinions provided in this newsletter / e-magazine/website are believed to be accurate and sound, based on the best judgment available to the authors. Readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions. OK in Health is not responsible for the information in these articles or for any content included in this article which is intended as a guide only and should not be used as a substitute to seeking professional advice from either your doctor or a registered specialist for yourself or anyone else.
Connect with Us
facebook    twitter

Rejuv Beauty Cream by Ferlow Botanicals


Wellness Tip
Television Years
Did you know that by age 65, the average adult has spent the equivalent of 9 full years watching television? Make your TV time work for you. Combine it with physical activity or stretching. Ideas include floor exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, etc.), stationary cycling or treadmill walking, working with hand weights, resistance bands or balls, or performing a series of upper and lower body stretches.


Ireland Sacred Druide Tour 2020


Wellness Directory
Avichi's Rachijpah Healings
Specialty: Chakra Healing
Rachijpah Healings (pronounced "Ra-Chai-Pah") is the home of various healing modalities. Avichi van Campen is the founder and sole operator, and offers you a variety of Services.
View Details


Kelowna Wellness Fair 2019


Event
Clinical Hypnotherapy and Coaching Certification Course
Date: May 25, 2019
Location: Penticton & South Okanagan
Want to make a huge impact on the world!
View Details


Ireland Sacred Druide Tour 2020


Article
Benefits of Therapeutic Touch during Cancer Journey
Laurie shares a few research outcomes as well as personal experiences which highlight some benefits of receiving Therapeutic Touch during cancer journeys. Pets love it, too.
Full Article


Rejuv Beauty Cream by Ferlow Botanicals


Recipe
Fall Apples with Caramel and Walnuts
Category: Desserts
Description: The proverb "An apple a day keeps the doctor away.", addressing the health effects of the fruit, dates from 19th century Wales. Well here is a way to keep the kids eating this amazing fruits.
Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of vitamin C, but are a rich source of other antioxidant compounds. The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Full Recipe


Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours