Election Night is the ideal time to discuss Accepting in our Everyday Life.
Recall that in order to master our martial art, we must be willing to throw off
preconceived notions of truth; willing to accept the reality we experience, rather
than the reality we wish for. Only by accepting the truth can your Tai Chi Chuan
Progress in your life requires that you accept all
truth, no matter how unpleasant you may find it. In politics this means
finding a way to accept our opponents' points of
view as valid. So-called "bipartisan politics" is only possible if we can accept our
opponents as valid. Clinging to ideology destroys our ability to relax and flow with the
vicissitudes of life. This requires us to detach our ego as well.
To quote from Chapter 7 in my book,
Tai Chi In Your Life: 8 Principles That Can Change Your Life While Learning
and Growing with Tai Chi:
The key to successfully accepting in your life is to be
in touch with who you really are: to be linked to your center, as
we discussed in the Sixth Principle. Once you are linked
to your personal center, you can move safely and without
tension in an energy space created by your awareness
and intention. That movement can be projective
and powerful, if you wish, unaccompanied by feelings
of doubt or guilt. You must have confidence and, yes,
faith in your ability to accept safely.
Once your life is linked to your center, you can accept
the vicissitudes of life with aplomb. You can deal
with events as you would items on an assembly line. By
reducing the emotional component of daily stress, you
learn to accept events rather than fight them at every
turn. You might think of this as a go with the flow approach
to life, but it is a flow that you can steer in the
direction of your choice.
To quote from Chapter 8, Detaching the Ego:
Detaching the ego allows you to go with the flow:
to accept whatever comes along and deal with it accordingly.
Most problems in our lives occur because of our
unwillingness to accept reality and deal with it. Thus
accepting and detaching your ego are closely connected.
We build fantasy models of reality in our minds. We
create these fantasies to make us comfortable and happy.
Such comfort is based on personal predilections
Ending your ego attachment to bad ideas and habits
can truly revolutionize your life. Letting go of a bad
idea is as liberating as cutting the rope connecting your
ankle to a boat anchor; as rejuvenating as a foot massage
after two shifts of waiting tables.
The key to applying these lessons to our political beliefes is to realize
than in the grand scheme of things - such as in the history of human affairs -
no political belief carries any lasting meaning. Perhaps it does for the moment,
but only from one point of view. Every issue carries many points of view.
Can you learn to see more than one? When you can do that, you have made a
giant step down the path to enlightenment.