Buddhist Thoughts: Accept what is

This week is a bit of a Buddhist week with Joan Halifax TED talk on Monday.

The following quote made me think the other day:

Don’t cling to anything and don’t reject anything. Let come what comes, and accomodate yourself to that, whatever it is. If good mental images arise, that is fine. If bad mental images arise, that is fine, too. Look on all of it as equal, and make yourself comfortable with whatever happens. Don’t fight with what you experience, just observe it all mindfully.

– Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, “Mindfulness in Plain English”

There are a few thoughts in Buddhism about Karma. Whatever you do now has an impact on the future.

Now, if you are living life you can always try for something better, or hope for something bigger, or just want to be somewhere else. The grass is always greener somewhere else, but you never find out until you go there.

Above quote says nothing else but to accept what is. One needs to accept the good and the bad. Accept what comes your way. Anything coming your way is there for you to learn from. Eckart Tolle writes about “living in the now“.

The key to a peaceful and balanced life is to accept life for what it is and not to be side tracked into feeling good or bad about something. You need to be a bit detached and see what is happening around you as objectively as you can. Only then can you experience true mindfulness.

Buddha bless,
Volker