Mindfulness and Acceptance of Life

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 Times

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)

The full book can be downloaded as an e-book from Amazon on  http://www.amazon.com/Living-Now-Jill-Jacques-ebook/dp/B009FBT0QU/  or, Search by typing in: Living in the Now by Jill Jacques




About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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