July 8, 2013

New Weekly Mantra - 'Accept, then act'

Happy Monday, Not A Model readers!

I'm back from Italy (but still have some travel posts for you), so this week's mantra comes to you a little jet-lagged. It's from Eckhart Tolle, and it's about accepting the present moment, and flowing with the current. I feel both a mixture of happy nostalgia and European lifestyle longing after returning home. I've come back to a different routine than when I left, so I'm not quite sure how to act. Tolle explains,

"Accept, then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life."

I don't think Tolle means to settle for horrible things, or ignore deep desires for something different. Instead, I believe that the process of fighting or rejecting the present moment won't really change it, and perhaps accepting it will change everything.