There is one meditation script for acceptance that I have found absolutely wonderful. It helps us to cultivate non-judgment, to accept others, and to accept ourselves.
Let me ask you a question. What kind of acceptance are you seeking:
- Acceptance for your present reality?
- Acceptance of yourself?
- Acceptance of other people?
- Acceptance from other people?
This acceptance meditation script will help you to achieve all those things. Let’s get started.
Meditation Script For Acceptance
*This acceptance meditation script will be largely based on mindfulness (the state of living in the moment without judgment). If you are new to mindfulness, you might like to try my 40 best mindfulness exercises.
For our acceptance meditation script you will be directly creating the state of acceptance for the thing you dislike.
1: Sit and meditate on your breath for a minimum of five minutes to relax
For this meditation, we are deliberately targeting things that make us feel negative, things we judge (and later, times when people judge us). We want to meditate on these things without reacting to them. To achieve that we will need to be relaxed. That’s why the first part of this script is all about relaxing.
Thankfully it is very easy to relax in meditation. Simply sit comfortably and focus on your breath as it moves around your body. Aim to take at least 25 breaths in this way. This will stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system to produce feelings of calmness that will help you with the rest of our acceptance meditation script.
2:To accept the present moment, use this meditation script for being present.
3: Meditation For Self-Acceptance: Visualize yourself in the way you don’t like (or doing the thing you wish you didn’t do). Clearly see yourself in this way. When thoughts come to mind label them. Continue for five minutes. Now say, “I am human and imperfect, and I am okay with that”.
We are now going to use meditation for self-acceptance to stop being self-critical. For most people, there are one of more aspects of themselves that they don’t like and that they judge. You are going to change that.
Choose one aspect of yourself you don’t like. For instance, let’s say you’re overweight. Visualize yourself in that way. Create a mental image of yourself doing or being the thing you don’t like. Hold this image in your mind.
Naturally, you will think negative thoughts and feel negative emotions about this side of yourself. This is normal, so don’t worry. We are about to change it.
Hold that image of yourself in your mind and meditate on it. When thoughts come to mind, label them (say to yourself, “This is just a thought”) and do the same with feelings (“This is just a feeling”).
Continue to focus on the image of yourself doing / being what you don’t like.
The goal of this is to maintain a visual image of yourself in your mind without reacting to it.
Now say the self-acceptance mantra, “I am human and imperfect, and that is okay.”
If you struggle to do this, practice self-compassion. Think about the reasons why you do the thing you don’t like, or why you are the way you don’t like. Accept that there are circumstances that made you this way. You can also visualize helping yourself overcome your problem in a compassionate way.
This method is based on a combination of Buddhist Vipasaana, Metta (Loving Kindness) and Karuna. Studies show that Vipassana makes us less reactive to negative thoughts and feelings , Metta cultivates acceptance and non-judgment , and Karuna increases compassion . By doing this meditation, you are becoming less reactive to negative parts of yourself, more accepting, and more compassionate.
4: To accept other people, meditate on an image of the person you want to accept. When thoughts come to mind, label them and continue to meditate on them. While doing this, recognise that the person is human and imperfect as the rest of us. Say the mantra, “[Name of person] is human and imperfect, and I am okay with that.”
To accept someone else and perhaps a mistake that they have made, start by bringing that person to mind. Notice that you will naturally think and feel negative things about them. This is normal. When these thoughts or feelings come to mind, label them (“This is just a thought”, “This is just a feeling”) and continue to meditate on that person.
By doing this, you are learning to think about the individual without being affected by negative thoughts and feelings.
You can take things further by expressing compassion for this person. Recognise that they are human and liable to human fallacy just like the rest of us. Recognise the circumstances that led to them making the mistake or becoming who they are. This will help you to accept them.
Now say the mantra, “[Name of person] is human and imperfect like me, and I am okay with that.”
5: To feel acceptance from other people, visualize the times in your life when you most felt accepted. Now repeat the mantra, “I am loved and accepted.”
This final stage of our acceptance-meditation script will leave you feeling wonderfully positive. It’s the perfect way to finish our meditation.
Visualize the times in your life when you felt completely accepted and loved. Truly bring these times to life in your mind; vividly imagine them. Now observe how you feel when you think about these things. Observe the feeling of love, compassion, and acceptance. This will leave you feeling elated.
Congratulations! You completed our meditation script for acceptance. By using this script, you will cultivate the quality of acceptance, and you will start to feel more accepted yourself.
The script above directly targets the fundamental nature of judgmentalism, of non-acceptance. Acceptance is the ability to see things as they are without ignoring them, without emotional reactivity, and without judgment. For instance, if you fail to accept the fact that you are broke, what is happening in the mind is that you see yourself as broke, try to ignore it, feel negative about it, and judge it.
Flip this on its head and you get acceptance. In other words, acceptance is: The ability to see something as it is, to hold an accurate picture of reality in your mind, to remain calm while thinking about it, and to not judge. This is precisely what we did in our meditation session.
It is important to also note that this is not about acceptance in the sense of giving in to something. Too often “acceptance” is used to mean “resignation”. It’s not about that. It is about being able to perceive things clearly without reacting to them. That is what we accomplished in this meditation.
I hope you enjoyed this meditation.
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