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With humour and compassion, Jeff Foster speaks about finding deep acceptance in the present moment, an acceptance that is not passivity, but a thrilling alignment with life.

When, just for a moment, we make the radical commitment of not trying to fix ourselves and each other, and simply allowing things to be as they are, we may just discover that we were never broken, and that everything ‘wrong’ with us is absolutely ‘right’ from the perspective of the Universe.

Our greatest pain may turn out to be our greatest teacher, our doubts our greatest gurus, our deepest sorrow our most trustworthy friend.

“Your life is a movie. Regret is REWIND. Fear is FAST FORWARD. Depression is PAUSE. Freedom is PLAY – a thrilling free-fall into the juicy aliveness of Now.

jeff foster
I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience
Meryl Streep
Just to sit, without expectation, with someone who is in pain or grief or fear, without trying to fix them in any way, or manipulate their experience to match your idea of how they should be; just to listen, without trying to make things better in the moment, without playing the role of ‘expert’ or ‘enlightened guru’ or ‘the one who knows best’; just to be totally available to the one in front of you… this is the essence of true healing…
jeff foster
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