Take a Break From Stress: Practicing Acceptance I

Meeting #1: April 1, 2020

Meeting Theme:

Facing the difficulties of each day with acceptance

Quote of the Day:

Pema Chodron from The Places That Scare You:

We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty and fear. So the central question is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear but how we relate to discomfort.

How do we practice with difficulty, with our emotions, with the unpredictable encounters of an ordinary day? When we doubt that we’re up to it, we can ask ourselves this question: “Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?”

Meditation: Simple Breath – Body – Mind Awareness

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Meeting #2: April 3, 2020

Meeting Theme:

Acceptance is difficult.  So is coping with difficult feelings and times.  Some days are easier than others.  Don’t be afraid to admit when it’s a more difficult day.

Quote of the Day:

“I’m pretty hungry this morning,” she announced as she slipped into the chair Marilla placed for her. “The world doesn’t seem such a howling wilderness as it did last night. I’m so glad it’s a sunshiny morning. But I like rainy mornings real well, too. All sorts of mornings are interesting, don’t you think? You don’t know what’s going to happen through the day, and there’s so much scope for imagination. But I’m glad it’s not rainy today because it’s easier to be cheerful and bear up under affliction on a sunshiny day. I feel that I have a good deal to bear up under. It’s all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it’s not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?”

Excerpt From

L. M. Montgomery. “Anne of Green Gables.” Apple Books. 

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Meditation: “Breathe Deep” from the Focus 5 Cards (You can download them from this link:  focus5_cards)

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