Louis van Loon, Dutch architect and creator of the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, South Africa, says, “A variety of retreats is created to introduce people to the practical application of mindfulness. Whether that is in waiting for a red traffic light to change or in pen and ink sketching. the practice of mindfulness creates more openness, clarity and calmness towards things, so we can see and deal with them the way things really are, rather than what we want them to be.”
The idea of accepting the things we cannot change, of truly surrendering to the situation as it is in this moment, is not new. The concept of acceptance or surrender is found in ancient philosophies and spiritual teachings and is also present in modern psychology.
The renowned Indian philosopher, Krishnamurti, was addressing on audience about inner peace and happiness, and he said to them: “I’m going to tell you my secret.”
The audience waited with bated breath.
Krishnamurti said: “I don’t mind what happens.”
Think about it – I find it profound – and I try to remember it when stuck in traffic!
(Chapt 4 Acceptance)
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