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Turning the Mind
Acceptance of reality as it is requires an act of CHOICE. It is like coming to a fork in the road. You have to turn your mind toward the acceptance road and away from the “rejecting reality” road.
You have to make an inner COMMITMENT to accept.
The COMMITMENT to accept does not itself equal acceptance. It just turns you toward the path.
You have to turn your mind and commit to acceptance OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. Sometimes, you have to make the commitment many times in the space of a few minutes.