Eastern philosophies and religions all have one thing in common - in fact, it's the common thread among all religions: making sense of the world and our place in it.
Philosophy and religion offer us answers to the inexplicable, and a path towards answers or enlightenment, and happiness.
Meditation is often the vehicle we use to communicate with what ever power and spirituality we believed in.
One of the great truths among these philosophies, and our key to happiness, is acceptance.
Acceptance is the answer to all my problems of today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation - some fact of my life - unacceptable to me, and I can find no peace, serenity, or happiness until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept this, I could not find true serenity; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.
I used to spend so much time and energy trying to change the things I could not change, it never once occurred to me to simply accept them as they were.
Now when things in my life are not going the way I planned them, or downright bad things happen, I can remind myself that whatever is going on is not happening by accident. There's a reason for it and it is not always meant for me to know what that reason is.
That change in attitude has been the key to happiness for me. I know I am not the only who has found that serenity.
And so today, when I meditate, I focus on Acceptance.