Posted on my refrigerator is a favorite quote, and whenever I read it, I gain a sense of power and ease. I inadvertently stand a little taller with my back straight, shoulders opened, and head up. The quote is by Eckhart Tolle, and he says, “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” What happens when we accept the present moment? What if we have chosen it, in a way?
Upon reading the quote, the first thing that I recall is that I am cozy in my kitchen and that everything in this present moment is fine. I am safe, healthy, and capable of dealing with what is going on right now. I don’t need to worry about the past nor fret about the future; those stresses are counterproductive. (I can learn from the past and plan for the future, but that is a different thing.) In this moment, I don’t have to take care of anyone but myself. “Relax,” I think. “All is well.”
Also, I believe that there is a way that we have chosen the present moment. All of our other choices have led us to being where we are now, for better or worse. And now, at this moment, we can choose to be grateful or bitter, compassionate or unsympathetic, kind or judgmental, or anything thing else. I find that thought empowering; I don’t control my surroundings, but I do control how I interpret them, with acceptance or with the fight of rejection.
In accepting the present moment, we don’t have to allow ourselves to be downtrodden. When action is needed, we take it; we deal with problems at hand. Simultaneously, we acknowledge our strength to contend with situations. The reality is that the problem will be there whether we accept it or not. Acceptance means that we acknowledge the problem without all of the layers of guilt, fury, and so on. We understand it to the best of our ability, take action if needed, and move on.
But think of it…are you fine at this moment, while reading this essay? I like to start acceptance with the easy moments, like this one. I can accept this moment as it stands, and try to do so with each subsequent moment too. Relax, for just this moment, all is well.