acceptance

A Quote by Wayne Dyer on others, people, change, tolerance, compassion, and acceptance

Stop waiting for others to change. Recognize that every person has the right to be whatever they choose—even if you irritate yourself about it.

Wayne Dyer

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A Quote by Brad Warner on acceptance, now, enlightment, and desire

Every single human being in the world at some time thinks that "if only" this or that one of our conditions could be met then we'd be happy. "If only I had a girlfriend/boyfriend/million bucks, then I'd be happy." Or in the case of the more spiritually minded: "If only I were enlightened, then that would settle everything once and for all." Think again.

An old Chinese Zen Master once said, "From birth to death it's just like this!"  

Wherever you go in the world of human beings is pretty much the same. Only the details are different. All of my gaijin teacher friends who wanted to get out of Japan and back to the "real world" have discovered that the "real world" is hardly any different than the place they were leaving.  

We always want to believe that somewhere there's a perfect situation, if only we weren't barred from it. But that's not the reality.  

We always imagine that there's got to be somewhere else better than where we are right now, the great "Somewhere Else" we all carry around in our heads. We believe Somewhere Else is out there for us if only we could find it. But there's no Somewhere Else. Everything is right here.

Brad Warner

Source: Hardcore Zen : Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality, Pages: 55

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A Quote by M. Scott Peck on life, difficult, truth, truths, transcend, transcendance, understand, acceptance, accept, road, and travel

Life is difficult.

This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.

Once we truly know that life is difficult - once we truly understand and accept it - then life is no longer difficult.

Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

M. Scott Peck

Source: The Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversary Edition : A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

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A Quote by Dennis Genpo "Roshi" Merzel on acceptance, truth, and realization

To accept the truth of who you really are takes nothing short of realization.  You have to see the diamond for yourself.

Genpo Roshi

Source: The Path of the Human Being: Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way, Pages: 16

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A Quote by Henepola Gunaratana on self-deception, defence mechanisms, buddhism, awareness, acceptance, and denial

One popular human strategy for dealing with difficulty is autosuggestion: when something nasty pops up, you convince yourself it is not there, or you convince yourself it is pleasant rather than unpleasant. The Buddha's tactic is quite the reverse. Rather than hide it or disguise it, the Buddha's teaching urges you to examine it to death. Buddhism advises you not to implant feelings that you don't really have or avoid feelings that you do have. If you are miserable you are miserable; that is the reality, that is what is happening, so confront that.  Look it square in the eye without flinching. When you are having a bad time, examine that experience, observe it mindfully, study the phenomenon and learn its mechanics. The way out of a trap is to study the trap itself, learn how it is built. You do this by taking the thing apart piece by piece. The trap can't trap you if it has been taken to pieces. The result is freedom.

Henepola Gunaratana

Source: Mindfulness in Plain English, Updated and Expanded Edition, Pages: 98

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Ken Wilber on now and acceptance

To no longer resist the present is to see that there is nothing but the present - no beginning, no end, nothing behind it, nothing in front of it. When the past of memory and the future of anticipation are both seen to be present facts, then the slats to this present collapse. The boundaries around this moment fall into this moment, and then there is nothing but this moment, with nowhere else to go.

Ken Wilber

Source: No Boundary : Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth, Pages: 158..159

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Ken Wilber on mysticism, new age, acceptance, and creating your reality

The typical New Age notion is that you want good things to happen to you, so think good thoughts; and because you

create your own reality, those thoughts will come true. Conversely, if you are sick, it’s because you have been bad.

The mystical notion, on the other hand, is that your deepest Self transcends both good and bad, so by accepting
absolutely everything that happens to you - by equally embracing both good and bad with equanimity - you can

transcend the ego altogether. “The idea is not to have one thing that is good smash into another thing called my ego

but to simply rise above both."

Ken Wilber

Source: Boomeritis : A Novel That Will Set You Free!, Pages: 336

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A Quote by unknown on acceptance, behavior, ideas, radicals, society, tolerance, and virtue

There is a sobering side to eccentricity. Odd behavior can flourish only in a tolerant society and that it often produces radical new ideas by virtue of its willingness to cast off accepted norms. Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.

unknown

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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on acceptance, caring, intention, mind, occupations, philosophy, and time

When some state or other offered Alexander a part of its territory and half of all its property he told them that 'he hadn't come to Asia with the intention of accepting whatever they cared to give him, but of letting them keep whatever he chose to leave them.' Philosophy, likewise, tells all other occupations: 'It's not my intention to accept whatever time is leftover from you; you shall have, instead, what I reject.' Give your whole mind to her.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

Source: Letters from a Stoic

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on acceptance

If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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