In my previous blog post, I talked about acceptance, surrender, and gratitude. At the end of that post I explained that I would be providing real life examples of how we engage in acceptance, surrender, and gratitude in our every day life to be in the flow of life.
Here is the main concepts from the last blog post:
Acceptance. Surrender. Gratitude.
1. Acceptance. I accept what is happening in my life. God’s will.
2. Surrender. I surrender. Nobody owes me an explanation why whatever is happening in my life actually is happening. God’s will.
3. Gratitude. I am grateful for my life, so I am grateful for what is happening in my life. God’s will.
Combination of the three. “Thank you, God. I am grateful for my life, so I am grateful for what is happening in my life. I will take it from here.” Your free will. You decide what to do next, what solution is needed if any, where to take it from here.
Okay, let’s put this into a real life scenario. Let’s say COVID-19 is over and things have gone back to the availability of getting together with your friends at your home. And, it is your birthday.
You invite ten friends to your home, and even though the invitation said to not bring gifts, each one of your ten friends brings you a gift. At some point in the party, one of your friends says, ”Oh, wouldn’t it be great if you opened up all of the presents now.”
You sit down in the chair and someone puts the first gift in your lap, you open up the box, look inside and love what you got. You look at the person and thank them. Someone puts the second gift in your lap, you open up the box, look inside, and love what you got. You look at the person and thank them.
Someone puts the third gift in your lap, you open the box, look inside, and love what you got. You look at the person and thank them. Someone puts the fourth gift in your lap, you open the box, look inside, and you do not like what you see.
Your mind says, “I do not like this gift. Why would anybody get this for me?“ However, instead of saying this to the person, you look at the person and thank them.
Acceptance. You did not like the gift but you accepted what had been put in your lap. God’s will.
Surrender. Even though you did not like the gift, you did not question the person as to why they gave it to you. God’s will.
Gratitude. You thank the person for the gift you did not like. God’s will.
After the party, you get to choose what you will do with the gift that you did not want. Your free will.
When you exercise your free well, you can choose to exchange the gift, you can choose to re-gift it to somebody who you think might like the gift, or you can decide to take the gift and donate it to a charity such as the Salvation Army.
Let’s say you take the last choice and head over to the Salvation Army to make the donation. You go in, hand the gift to the clerk, and you explain that it is brand new in the box but just not something that you want, and you are making a donation.
As you are leaving the Salvation Army, you hear from behind you somebody very excitedly exclaiming, “I can’t believe this is here at such an incredibly low price. I have been wanting this for years, but I simply could not afford it, and now I can afford it. I am so grateful.”
At that moment, you turn around and you see that all of the excitement is over the gift that you just placed on the counter as a donation. And you feel joyful!
As you can see, when you live your life following the concept of acceptance, surrender, and gratitude, you put yourself in the flow of life. What you thought was the worst gift became a cherished treasure for another human being, bringing both of you joy.
In my recovery, when I was doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, as part of my spiritual healing, I learned to start to live my life with acceptance, surrender, and gratitude. What I realized about myself was that one of the things that helped me get Parkinson’s was that I was out of balance and not living my life in the flow of what was being offered in my life.
Ultimately, this came down to the understanding that my lack of acceptance was creating resistance with what God was offering me in my life. Essentially, lack of acceptance was the functional equivalent of trying to impose my will over God’s will if something occurred that my mind told me I did not like.
When I finally realized that everything that had occurred and was occurring in my life was nothing more than the flow of my life, I was able to willingly and joyfully accept, surrender, and be grateful for everything that was occurring in my life. I removed the duality of good/bad, right/wrong, favorable/unfavorable, like/don’t like, etc.
I decided to look at everything in life as “just what is.“ This attitude brought balance back into my life because it put me squarely into the flow of life as life was rolling out in front of me in the moment.
And Parkinson’s? It turned out to be the best gift wrapped in the worst looking paper. However, through the experience of Parkinson’s I was able to re-balance my life, return to the natural flow of life, and be cured.
I am forever grateful for the experience and for being cured. Additionally, I am grateful for our world-wide community of warriors holding hands, supporting each other with kind words, all working hard to re-balance your lives, to return to your natural flow of life, and be cured as well.
2021…the year of faith!
Feeling Alive In The Heart!
Feeling Awake In The Heart!
Feeling Aware In The Heart!
With acceptance, surrender, and gratitude, you can choose to be in the natural flow of your life.
You can do this.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,