vitamin for the soul. A vitamin that goes down easy without any resistance. Then one day's reading declared that "Acceptance is not passivity; it's non-positionality." I reread it to ensure that I read it correctly, then put the book down and thought, how can I be non-positional? I know how to be unattached to an outcome, but non-positional? That required a little more thinking.
I often tell my readers that through acceptance, you can see things the way they are. And then, I coach them to do something about what they see. But non-positionality? I was stunned to find that pausing a little longer on this idea enabled me to see 'what is' without bias versus using the acceptance of 'what is' as a brief step towards taking new action.
I'm learning more deeply that acceptance as non-positionality is seeing things clearly without the burden of having to be right about any single perspective. And what that means to me is not being stubborn about my views.
Doc Hawkins is teaching me to slow down and make room to listen to or consider something new, unreasonable, or different. My position doesn't go anywhere; it's still in the mix. But I do realize that evolution doesn't happen in the known. Do I dare to step into the unknown, even for a moment, to consider what else is possible? Acceptance as non-positionality may be the key.
Here's to an evolutionary journey.
PAULETTE LOVES BOOKS!
She is an avid reader on many subjects and shares inspirations for mindful practices based on the stories, philosophies, and teachings shared by authors worldwide.
She believes you can find the secrets to living a profoundly happy and healthy life in the pages of many a manuscript authored by masters and novices alike.
Paulette shares what she's learned in easy-to-apply morsels as she practices the insights in her approach to mindfulness, communication, conflict, and just being yourself.
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