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Acceptance: Realigning Expectations and Extending Grace to Ourselves

Posted on August 29, 2018
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"But that's not the way it's supposed to be!" is a common thing we say when our expectations fall short. It happens to all of us. Some members of myRAteam have found the practice of "allowing and letting be" in the midst of a trying to be a way to minimize anxiety or heaviness.

Mindfulness experts suggest a few ways that we can notice -- not push away -- how we feel during difficult moments. There are physical responses we can notice (heaviness in the shoulders, tightness in the chest), and we should also take note of our emotional responses to disappointment (blame, self-doubt, exasperation). These can be opportunities to realign our expectations and extend grace to ourselves.

Share how you respond when things fall short of your expectations in the comments below or directly on myRAteam.com.

A myRAteam Member said:

Yes, acceptance is key. Someone once told me the more you resist the longer it will persist. I have to remind myself of this often. I also have the serenity prayer on my coffee cup - in the hopes… read more

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