Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
If love is the unconditional acceptance of what is, then fear is the non-acceptance of what is, leading to resistance. Acceptance is powered by love; resistance is powered by fear; it is you that empowers them both. Where there is love, oneness naturally exists; where there is fear, understanding and compassion go missing.
Another take on being in the moment, with a quiet mind. Meditation sessions help, but the best meditation is when you practice being mindful as you go about your daily life, with all the buttons that presses. And it's not to suppress the response, it's to simply recognize and accept what actually is, without resistance, and let those fears and resentments just float on down the river of time and out of your life.
Many of us believe that we need to keep a tight lid on our emotions. We fear that if we ever allow these emotions to be expressed, they will do harm - the painful ones will be overwhelming to experience or lead us to bad behavior; the positive ones won't last and they'll leave us with a loss, another painful emotion. The only thing that keeps painful or unwanted emotions alive within you over long periods (whether conscious or subconscious) is unwillingness to acknowledge them, experience them, accept them and then let them go. Resistance just leads to persistence. Besides, we're missing out: emotions are the life energy of experience, and when we suppress emotions we also make intuitive knowing inaccessible since both pass through the right brain.
I feel this positive approach is empowered by the love that is the nature of our being, and is effective in creating peace and happiness. The alternative - applying resistance, judgment, antagonism and hatred - is to be ruled by fear, which is to deny one's essence, and has the effect of empowering that which one opposes. As Guy Finley says: “Your true nature is fearless because it lives for one reason only: to be the instrument - moment-to-moment - of whatever Love asks it to be.”
There's no point banging your head against a wall. What you resist persists even more, so if you don't want to suffer, accept what is as it is. Or you have another choice... if you can see a way then take responsibility for making it better, the best you can. That's not complaining about it but doing something constructive. Life gets better this way, and simpler.”
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. We cannot avoid pain in life, it’s a major aspect of being a human on a material planet. However suffering is different. Suffering happens when we seek to avoid what is actual, real and true. Suffering is in the mind. The Path of Non-Resistance is the best way to go and these are the steps to take. Continues...
When your belief system, politics and lifestyle are different from others, do you judge them and resist who they are and how they live their lives? That depends on whether your motivation is love based or fear based, and that depends on where your ego is at, right now. We need to train our ego to be aligned with love instead of fear, so that it then becomes a transparent mental interface to the spirit. Continues...