January 1

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 1: “Clearly, all fear has an element of resistance and a leaning away from the moment. Its dynamic is not unlike that of strong desire except that fear leans backward into the last safe moment while desire leans forward toward the next possibility of satisfaction. Each lacks presence.” ― Stephen Levine

A new quote for this new year. A big fan of Mr. Levine. His work has informed my life for many years. I love this quote because we tend to lean into or away from.

And he is right. It always lacks presence. The most important factor in mindfulness practice is being in the moment only. We cannot be afraid for more than this moment. And then we can be drawn back into heart space and leave Ego out of our lives in this moment and this moment and this moment.

I have to be present to my life NOW and accept what IS, without letting my judgment and fear take the moment away from me and run the show. That is the practice of mindfulness and meditation. Perfect presence. I cannot daydream and call it meditation. I must be present.

Beginners use guided meditations to teach them how to be still and sit with themselves and their breath. After some time, it is important to learn to do this without the guide. I have to be able to take myself out of Ego or I will always be in need of a guide to do this for me. I love being present to my life. I am so damned happy and full of energy and joy. That is not something I see a great deal of around me. And I know how draining it is to live in yesterday and tomorrow. Never happy, never present, never showing up for life. Never accepting…so many fights to fight. Ugh!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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