Radical Acceptance: Not Minding What Happens

by | Apr 1, 2020 | Blog, Insights, Inspiration | 0 comments

Whoosh! That’s how the effects of Covid-19 feel to me right now.

I am in the midst of a flurry of activity: canceling in-person courses and retreats while simultaneously helping NVC trainers from across the world to expand their online training – all in an effort to support our global NVC community.

At this challenging and potentially scary time, I am reminded of something  Krishnamurti said to his followers in one of his infamous speeches…

man sitting at the top of the building
I do not mind what is happening

He was responding to the question that was something like, “How do you stay so calm all the time?” His response was (and I paraphrase): “I do not mind what is happening.”

For many years this was my mantra – and sometimes I said over and over in my head (or even out loud during an especially stressful moment): I do not mind what is happening. I do not mind what is happening.

I have been saying it a lot this past two weeks especially.

I hear in Krishnamurti’s statement an invitation to stay awake to what is happening, to feel my feelings, and try not to resist any of it.

With this in mind, I find myself wondering:

  • Is it possible for us to tend to what’s needed without focusing our attention on all the reasons it should not be happening?
  • Can we mourn the pain and fear we are feeling without blaming or criticizing anyone?
  • Can we live in acceptance that this virus has had a huge impact on many of our lives without expending energy wishing it would go away?

Please know that I am not in any way minimizing the impact of Covid-19. Rather, I am trying to minimize the level of fear and angst I create in my response to it.

We all have our own range of emotions related to how Covid-19 is affecting our lives and families.

Know that in this moment I am holding you and me in prayer. If you would like further support, please consider the following opportunities through the NVC Academy:

By Mary Mackenzie

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