We continue our mindfulness based yoga series with the second letter of Jack Kronfield’s acronym RAIN. Last week we focused on recognition. This week we bring awareness to acceptance.
We can ask ourselves, am I free and loving? It is possible to live with freedom and compassion in all areas of your life. Through mindfulness and acceptance in particular, we can find freedom and compassion and allow all parts of our lives to be sacred.
On Sunday night for example, in the middle of the night I became aware of a headache developing into a migraine. This is not unusual for me. What came next is not that unusual either, however the awareness, then acceptance and softening that followed is. I noticed my inner critic in the flavor of The Pusher was really strong. (If you would like to know more about this I encourage you to go back to the Inner Critic Series and in particular Namaste Yoga 277)
My Inner Pusher was giving me a hard time for sharing Tim’s ice cream with him the previous night, having a milkshake and a gluten free cake the previous day, as well as skipping lunch the previous. On and on he went insisting that I needed to clean up my act so that I didn’t get so many migraines. But this is where something big in me shifted. I had a huge recognition that this was my inner pusher trying to keep me safe, free from pain. So I thanked my inner pusher, brought acceptance to the role he was playing and handed the job over to my much more benevolent Divine Mother, who lovingly tucked me into bed for healing for the morning.
Our life provides the perfect conditions for awakening, acceptance, freedom and compassion. When we meet what is arising in our minds, bodies, emotions, energy and spirit with recognition and acceptance we are able to move through the world with grace and ease. We can experience a kindness and understanding that is free of judgement.
Being present to all of your sorrows, fears and challenges is an act of courage. It is not easy. When you are sensitive to yourself in each moment and allow yourself to come to each moment with your mind open and receptive you can experience acceptance. With acceptance the stories of fear and judgement that we tell ourselves over and over again begin to relax and release.
Acceptance means to relax and open to the facts before us. It doesn’t mean that we can’t work to improve things. It just means that we acknowledge what is true for us now. Jack Kornfield says “Acceptance is a willing movement of the heart to include whatever is before it.”
Props Needed: Bolster, meditation cushion, chair or folded blanket
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Supported Fish Pose or Salamba Matsyasana, Ardha Dhanurasana or Half Bow Pose, Bhujangasana or Cobra in the center of Half Bow Pose, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Goddess Victory Squat or Utkata Konasana, Parsvakonasana or Side Angle Pose, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Side Plank or Vasisthasana, Wild Thing Pose or Camatkarasana, Childs Pose or Balasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose
Resource: Jack Kornfield Bringing Home the Dharma, Awakening Right Where You Are
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