Resistance is Futile

If you simply accept everything as it is, you won’t have any problems. Without problems, you will just do what you need to do. When you have to get out of bed in the morning, you just get out of bed. You may wake up and feel really good, all sleepy and warm under your covers. That is wonderful. You feel good.  Knowing that you have to get out of bed should not ruin that wonderful feeling. Resistance may ruin that wonderful feeling.  When you think that you don’t want to get out of bed, instead of just lying in bed, you are actively not getting out of bed. If you really have to get out of bed, you won’t be happy until you are out of bed.

Resistance is what makes a hated task hated. If you don’t like to clean the bathroom, but you are disgusted by a dirty bathroom, you can resist cleaning the bathroom until your disgust builds so high that it breaks your resistance. Then, after suffering through disgust, you can suffer through cleaning the disgusting bathroom, hating every minute of it. You have managed to pile suffering on suffering. Without resistance, you notice the bathroom is dirty and you clean the bathroom.  Accepting everything as it is does not mean you live with a dirty bathroom. You still clean the bathroom, you just accept that cleaning the bathroom is how you will spend the next 20 minutes of your life. You also accept your hate for that task, so you don’t have to think about how much you hate it. You just do it.

Resistance is wishing things weren’t how they are. That causes pain. If something seems unpleasant, accept it and recognize that unpleasant is your current experience.  It is the only experience you can have. When you see that resistance is futile, you can accept your circumstance. When you can accept each mood as it arrises, you accept yourself and you can fully appreciate the present moment, just as it is.

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