Eek! I fell hard this week. Not physically, mentally. All different kinds of emotions have moved through me – anger, sadness, loss, shame. I must have looked pretty funny in tears on the gym’s stairmaster, but emotions are energy in motion. They’re meant to move through us. That’s part of the healing process.
This week I’ve been silently repeating one of my favorite quotes from yogi Bryan Kest, “We’re all going to fall in life. Fall with awareness and acceptance.” Awareness, no problem. Acceptance is a different story. Sometimes it can be hard to accept someone or something. But the more we resist, the more pain and suffering we endure. We suffer, not the person or circumstance we’re resisting.
A sign of a great warrior is one who falls, yet stands back up and loves all the same, as if the fall never happened. Over and over again. The quickest way back to love is through acceptance, even the parts of the person or circumstance you cannot stand. Acceptance doesn’t mean you agree, it means you’re no longer willing to hold onto the pain that person or circumstance creates for you. You surrender it. You let it go. You release it for healing.
Checkout issue 07 to see how I rise after a fall.
I’d love to know…
How do you return to love and acceptance?
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May you rise strong and love again,
Bringing Spirit Back to Medicine.
Sue McCreadie, MD
Board Certified Pediatrician
Founding President of the 501(c)3 nonprofit getREALforkids.com
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