Acceptance vs. Resistance: Find Gratitude in Difficult Times

Acceptance vs. Resistance

Recently my life took a 180 degree turn when I fell 15’ off a roof and now I find myself in a wheelchair for 6 weeks while my bones mend.

It’s normal to be immediately resistant to the challenges of pain, difficulty with mobility that I’m experiencing. Having to ask for help all the time for all of my needs is not something that I’m used to, at all. I’m experiencing emotions of frustration, anger, grief, and blame. And I know that it’s normal to have these feelings while healing. I’m working hard and allowing myself to feel them, express them without abusing others so I can let them go.

The key phrase is “to let them go” or process them completely. Staying stuck in negativity will create and continue resistance to what is. It slows the healing process and imprisons us. It brings to mind: “What we resist, persists”.  Most of us want the experience of illness, physical disability or emotional trauma to past quickly. So often we misunderstand that the main ingredient for this to occur is the experience of acceptance.

“Once we reach acceptance in our hearts and minds, we have power and resilience to face and move forward in our life.”                                                                                                                                          Toni Stevens

Acceptance, not just for where we are now in our lives, but also for all the support we receive. We get to learn how to be a good receiver, not just a good giver.  From Acceptance we can move and flow into a place of gratitude.  As gratitude fills and opens our hearts there is no place for anger, blame or regret. Gratitude is like a flood, washing all other negative vibrations unlike itself away. Then when gratitude flows out toward those who are in our presence, it’s contagious. We lift the spirits and hearts of those around us and create an environment that supports and improves our health and our relationships. We become a powerful and positive force in our home, our community and like a stone thrown into a pond, the ripples move out and touch lives of others that we will never meet.

Today from my wheelchair

  • I am grateful for my life
  • I am grateful for all the loving support flowing my way
  • I accept this love with a grateful heart
  • I am allowing it to fill me
  • I am allowing it to then turn and flow back out again.

So much Gratitude and love and it supports me and heals me.  I am blessed.

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