Becoming proficient in the art of acceptance

Joy was learning that being fully in the moment was like listening very intently. The ideas that arose in that way were altruistic and full of meaning. They were ideas that it was worth acting on; indeed, that it was important to act on.

She felt the urge to become proficient in the art of acceptance, to learn to live life from the inside out. She could change her attitude to life by changing her mind and her feelings. Engaging with calmness and steadfastness notwithstanding the outer circumstances could become her creed. This she could do simply by focusing her consciousness beyond her emotions and mental chatter, knowing that the outer was secondary and that only the inner held any authentic meaning.

Mental chit-chat served no purpose aside from keeping her – and the rest of the human race – in a constant state of tension and malaise. She was tired of being ruled by her rational mind; being bombarded by its thoughts and having her mental space invaded by whatever memories, judgements or self-defeating patterns it decided to put there. Joy felt sure that she wasn’t the only human being whose head – if not observed – was awash with negative, foreboding thoughts about the future accompanied by feelings of fear and apprehension; or guilty, sad memories of the past and its missed opportunities; or bitterness towards people, who had hurt or disappointed her, with the resentment that lingered on. Why was it such a struggle to remain positive? It’s time for the struggle to end, thought Joy. It’s time for me to know the meaning of my name..

Excerpt from “My Name is Joy”

12 thoughts on “Becoming proficient in the art of acceptance

  1. Within the last ten minutes I have finished this, your amazing debut book ‘My Name is Joy.’ From the moment I first unwrapped it yesterday and sensed it’s warm, soft velvety feel I knew I would be in for a real treat. It was a truly incredible read, and it is only now that I finally understand why my poem ‘A Liberated Sheep ….’ had such an enormous effect on you.

    What an abundant spiritual harvest you give your readers. I love how you follow and share your interior seasons. How in winter, beneath the dark water under ice, the soul was still there, just below the surface. Ever waiting, ever watchful. You gift us wisdom and enlightenment. You teach that if things are to come together in a new way, they must first come apart. Many, many times.

    These biblical words just came to mind .. ‘and the light shone into the darkness and the darkness couldn’t comprehend it.’ All I know is this Sam, that while reading your book today I left Chronos time and entered the mystical realm of Kairos. It’s as simple and as magical as that. Lastly, while it may have been your beautiful, inspiring words that carried the message, I feel certain it was your heart and soul that carried the chords.

    Blessings, Deborah

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    • Dear Deborah, what beautiful and inspiring feedback. I’m totally touched and delighted. Thank you so much for both reading my book and sending me these amazing comments. It truly means a lot to me to get this gift of words and feeling from you – a “like-mind”. Writing “My Name is Joy” and my other books wasn’t solely a “rational” act, as you say. Writing – as is true of other forms of artistic endeavour – offers us all a gateway to connect with more subtle/energetic aspects of our being that can be conceived of as heart, soul, intuition, spirit, etc. In so doing, artistic expression can provide us with a way to understand ourselves more deeply and, thereby, to come in touch with new insights and perspectives. This is clearly demonstrated in your own wonderful poetry, which both comes from a transrational dimension and sparks a resonance at that same level within the persons who read or hear it. Love & blessings, Sam 🙂


      • Many thanks Sam for all your truly wondrous love and support for a fellow poet on the road. If it’s ok I shall also leave my comment on your amazon book page to greatly encourage others to purchase your amazing book. 🙂

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