Cultivate a Sense of Belonging – Feel accepted in this Present Moment

selfacceptance-740x740Here in the Northeast we are making our way through the first blizzard of 2015.   Blizzards can be fun!  I spent the day with my kids, making cookies and curry, and teaching our new puppy how to poop in the snow.  I am aware however, that snow days can feel isolating and boring.  Not just for the elderly and infirm, but also for the young and single.  Even if you are enjoying your bachelor/bachelorette status, snow days can make you yearn for someone to cozy up with.  I was reminded of this fact by my singe therapy patients yesterday.  In the spirit of the upcoming  St. Valentine’s Day, I am re-posting one of my favorite quotes  from Paul Tillich about feeling deeply included in the flow of love, even if you don’t currently have a special someone.  I hope it helps you to take a mindful pause, and feel accepted, just as you are:

“……Sometimes (in a) moment, a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying:  “You are accepted.  You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know.  Do not ask for the name now;  perhaps you will find it later.  Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much.  Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything; do not intend anything.  Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!”  If that happens to us, we experience grace.  After such an experience we may not be better than before, and we may not believe more than before.  But everything is transformed.  In that moment, grace conquers sin, and reconciliation bridges the gulf of estrangement.  And nothing is demanded of this experience, no religious or moral or intellectual presupposition, nothing but acceptance.

Feel accepted in this moment!

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