We learned a lot of different mindfulness practices throughout this Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.
Some were formal, meaning we would dedicate a special time out of our daily schedule for the practice: mindful gentle yoga, body scan, sitting mindfulness meditation.
Others were informal, meaning they were to be practiced during the day as part of our day-to-day activities: mindful eating, breath awareness, mindful walking.
At the end of our course, we learned, by practicing together, mindful walking. It simply consists of walking very mindfully, completely conscious. Being aware as we bring one foot up, being aware as we move it forward, being aware as we bring it back down.
Very simple, but not so easy to be so aware!
We were practicing in quite a small room, walking around in circles.
I could walk almost normally but I would get tired very quickly.
One time we were practicing and I felt myself getting quite tired with this walking.
Instead of my usual reaction to go beyond my limits, instead of not listening my body’s signal that it was enough walking, I unexpectedly completely accepted myself in this moment.
I decided to stop walking.
I decided to sit down.
I decided to listen to my body.
I decided to honor my need to sit down.
I decided to accept to be different from everyone in the room.
I realized I could choose my response: resist or accept!
I never knew anything other than resistance.
It was such an act of love from me to me. I had never even dreamed of giving myself such acceptance! It completely changed my life!
I discovered the attitude of acceptance towards myself!
I saw that acceptance is an act of love.
When I begin to accept myself, I begin love myself!
I began learning about acceptance. I began learning about loving what is. Slowly I began to abandon my resistance towards this powerful life.
I already tried really hard to fight against what was.
I exhausted myself fighting against what was.
I only felt even more defeated after this battle against reality.
And now reality was catching up with me, showing me even more than before that something needed to be heard. Something needed to be liberated. Something needed to change.
Are you fighting against yourself and life or are you accepting yourself and life?
Can you surrender your ego and end the war? 💜
“Resistance intensifies suffering and acceptance diffuses it. Surrender is the road to true power”, writes Robert Schwartz in his mind opening book “Your Soul’s Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born.”