Mindful Acceptance is a concept I use to denote a way of living, a way of dealing with living, a way of being, and a way of experiencing.
According to John Kabat-Zinn, “[m]indfulness can be thought of as moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, as non-judgmentally, and as openheartedly as possible. When it is cultivated intentionally, it is sometimes referred to as deliberate mindfulness. When it spontaneously arises, as it tends to do more and more as it is cultivated intentionally, it is sometimes referred to as effortless mindfulness.” (Coming to Our Senses. New York: Hyperion, 2005. p. 108)
What I mean by acceptance is not that one has to acquiesce or resign oneself to enduring other people’s actions, whatever situation one is in or whatever is done or said. Acceptance involves recognizing the truth of a situation and embracing its reality. Acceptance means to acknowledge and admit to oneself that what is happening is what is happening, that what is is what is.
By mindfully focusing on what is, on the reality of any given situation, with openness and without judgment, a person becomes free to act and move forward, to live life to the fullest. Through mindful acceptance, one is able to experience freedom and clarity.