Week 51: Accepting/Surrendering

Anxiety

   
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Savoring the Moment

Savoring the moment is living in the here and now, enthusiastically.
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Serenity

Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance. [attribution unknown] Milalojus Ciurlionis, Serentiy (1905) Serenity refers to the kind of tranquility experienced when one has attained a pervasive inner peace, which comes from all the things we have touched on so far. Especially important are the values we are exploring
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Enlightenment

. . . approach your life . . . as a work of art . . . [John Tarrant, Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life (Harmony, 2008), p. 2.] As Humanists and scientific naturalists, we do not propose that enlightenment can free anyone from a cycle of rebirth.
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Contentment

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking the whole world belong to you. [Lao-Tzu, Poem 44.] Being rich is being happy with what you have. My father taught me this as he aged. He would walk out of our
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Forgiving

The Amish made it look simple. Ten of their precious little girls had been shot . . . . (They) enfolded their grief within their normal circle of prayer and daily communion. They didn’t speak out. They looked within. They did it together. [Kenneth Briggs, The Power of Forgiveness: Based on a
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Embracing Life as It Is

Embracing life is accepting all things as they are, enthusiastically and with open arms. It is a way of approaching life, an attitude. If we will not embrace life as it is, then how will we embrace life? And if we do not embrace life, then what will we hold
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Surrendering – Accepting

. . . that sad but easeful core of peace that is the reward when all is renounced. [Maestro Benjamin Zander commenting on the solo cello statement near the end of the final movement of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony] No doubt many of my Humanist sisters and brothers will protest the
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