Be present. Let go of fighting. Acknowledge and tolerate what is. At a crossroads, choose to listen to reality and commit over and over again to doing just what is needed in each stressful situation. Don’t give up, try to fix everything or refuse to tolerate the moment. Simply be and allow the world to be as it is.
For many, reality is hard to accept. Unexpected and overwhelming events like lost jobs, physical illness and financial problems can make us want to give up or refuse to acknowledge the realities of our circumstances.
In Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the ability to accept life, the reality of circumstances in which we find ourselves and the painful events that each of us must endure is taught as a skill.
These skills can be difficult to teach and learn because the ability to respond to the world as it is, is an underlying attitude towards life. These skills, taught in the Distress Tolerance Module of the skills training group, include strategies to get both our bodies and our minds into more accepting attitudes.
Below are a few exercises on acceptance: Continue reading “Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Radical Acceptance” »