Rowan, of the Pagan Blog Project of 2012 Decided we bloggers will blog alphabetically. Meaning, this week and next are topics beginning with A. Being that there are 26 letters in the alphabet, and since there are 52 weeks in a year, we get 2 weeks for each letter.
My first topic will be on Acceptance.
Wikipedia defines it as this:
Acceptance is a person's agreement to experience a situation, to follow a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it, protest, or exit.
Acceptance as a concept appears in Eastern religious concepts such as Buddhist mindfulness, and in human psychology. Religions and psychological treatments often suggest the path of acceptance when a situation is both disliked and unchangeable, or when change may be possible only at great cost or risk. Acceptance may imply only a lack of outward, behavioral attempts at possible change, but the word is also used more specifically for a felt or hypothesized cognitive or emotional state.
To me, as a Pagan, acceptance is a freeing of the heart, mind, and soul. If everyone had an accepting heart, then gone would be the days of intolerance. Christian, Pagan, Muslim, Buddhist, etc, could finally get along.
Acceptance brings about tollerance, and those 2 together could change the world as we know it. Could bring about world peace. These are what my hopes and dreams of what the Age of Aquarius will bring.
We can start now though. Every day make an active effort to accept people for who they are. There is no right and wrong path to enlightenment, so just smile lovingly at the close-minded ones and go about your way. Accept the fact they have a right to think how they like, and accept the fact YOU do not have to listen to it. I promise you, that once you don't fight and argue with them over religion, the wind is knocked right out of their sails.
However, please remember that accepting does not mean to blindly follow. Two people can accept each other's difference in beliefs and spiritual path without following the other's path or belief system. This is where many people get tripped up, and run into a brick wall. They cannot wrap their mind around diversity in faith. It is these that we must smile the most lovingly at, and hope that they will see the light before hate consumes them.
Goddess grant me the ability to accept all things today. Especially the ones that piss me off the most.
So Mote It Be!
)O( Goddess Bless )O(