TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Good advice!
# 2 – Great insights and food for thought from an e-mail I got from Gary Zukav…..
Are You Accepting or Tolerating?
The difference between acceptance and tolerance is the difference between authentic power and pursuing external power. Acceptance is open heartedness. What you accept moves through your life without resistance. You do not withhold your love. You live free in a beautiful open meadow, and what you accept is in the meadow with you, close, cherished, and welcome.
Tolerance is judgment. It is a defensive stance. You think that you will not be able to change someone, and you decide to tolerate him rather than to try to change him. When you decide to be polite in order to preserve peace in your family, for example, you are tolerating a family member. You would prefer not to interact with her, but interactions are unavoidable.
Acceptance comes from loving parts of your personality. Tolerance comes from frightened parts of your personality. Your judgments remain. They are the reasons for your tolerance. When you tolerate others, you tolerate yourself and your life at the same time. When you accept others, you accept yourself yourself and others at the same time. Moving from tolerance of your life to acceptance of it, from judgment of your life to gratitude for it, requires recognizing when frightened parts of your personality are tolerating in fear and when loving parts of your personality are accepting in love, and choosing love.
Acceptance does not mean becoming passive, or living a vanilla flavored life without initiative or creativity. You cannot challenge a frightened part of your personality without experiencing its pain – for example, the pain of not having the last word in a power struggle. Acceptance allows you to experience where you are in the moment, but it does not require you to stay there when you are in fear. It enables you to experience the painful emotions of frightened parts of your personality so that you can challenge them and the blissful emotions of loving parts of your personality so that you can cultivate them.
This creates authentic power.
# 3 – Just in case you forgot……
# 4 – An excerpt from a stimulating, thought-provoking post by Colin Tipping of Radical Forgiveness…..
It was good to see President Obama in Cuba this week trying to heal the 30 year old split between our two countries.
However, I can’t help but smile when politicians and pundits in American get all puffed up and self-righteous, and deign to lecture other countries like Cuba on human rights as if we were squeaky clean on this issue.
We are not – not by a long chalk! Neither past or present.
Never mind that we have never apologized, let alone atoned for having supported, institutionalized, and even fought a war to maintain a brutal system of slavery for over 200 years.
Put aside also, the fact that America followed that sorry story up with yet another period during which Jim Crow rules enforced and institutionalized racial segregation, the cruel and inhuman subjugation of blacks for decades, and that recent events show is still part of life for blacks today.
Let’s ignore the fact that, as Bernie Sanders – God bless him – has been repeatedly reminding us these last few months, that America incarcerates more people than all the other countries in the world combined, most of them poor blacks.
Is that not without human rights implications?
Ah, but they are not political prisoners, you might say. Really? Come on! Think about it.
Politicians who like to portray themselves as being guardians of our collective morality, while ignoring their own in many cases, have consistently passed laws that target the poor, the under-represented, and the dispossessed.
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# 6 – Hmmm, sounds like being in a state of coherency……