Our mind finds peace only when we fully accept what we experience, uncomplainingly or unpossessively, depending on whether they are painful or pleasant. Only acceptance teaches us how to be real by rejecting denial and fantasy. Reality then teaches us that all experience is one. Rain or sunshine, pain or pleasure, failure or success, losing or finding, death or life. No experience stands alone. Everything is connected in the single seamless experience of reality. Seeing this is metanoia’s gift.
( WCCM Newsletter, February 2023 by Laurence Freeman OSB )