Morning Dharma Talks with Joel

21 Jul

Meditation means radical acceptance. Accept everything simply as it is. Accept the past, the whole past, in one fell swoop accept it all, accept everything that has yet to come, without questioning, without analyzing, simply accept everything as it is. Accept yourself fully and completely, as you are, each hair, each cell, each aspect of your being, each relationship, everything, absolutely everything. Don’t leave anything out of this acceptance. Stop fighting with reality, for a moment, stop trying to fix it, stop trying to win it, stop trying to figure it out. Simply accept it, accept it so completely that there’s nothing left. Not a single question, not a single doubt, not a single desire. This is radical acceptance, this is meditation.

Accept the whole world, the whole universe, accept every single creature on the planet. Accept every single creature that has ever lived on will ever live on the planet. Accept every situation. Accept it whole. If anything arises, any thought or feeling in your body, a memory, a sound, etc. accept it immediately. Don’t even wait a second, don’t hesitate, don’t ask any questions. Simply accept it as it is. Radical acceptance. We spend so much time fighting with life, why not simply accept it?

This state of total acceptance awakens a new kind of freedom, a new kind of energy, a new kind of love.
This radical acceptance is meditation. So in today’s meditation accept everything immediately. Accept it all even before you begin, even before the next moment, accept everything that could possibly arise.  Swallow life whole and be swallowed by life whole.


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