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How much can you accept the present moment?

Today's quote from the collective quotes book "everyday mindfulness", Sylvia Boorstein makes reference to the very core of mindfulness.

"Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is being open to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it".

It's hard to let go of something pleasurable or something you feel you need, but all things must pass. Perhaps the hardest but most valuable lesson for us to learn is that if we accept the present moment, just as it is, without filter of rose tinted glasses or fear, we learn to be with our emotions, including our mental or physical pain. Once we begin to understand these feelings, they begin to dissipate, and our suffering lessens. It's the hardest thing, because our minds turn away from such problems or put them off until later, afraid of the fear and the unhappiness. Turn towards them, and you will find happiness.


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