Radical acceptance means accepting the present moment—how things are right now–without fighting it, getting angry at it, or judging it. This helps you to see it clearly without your emotions twisting the moment into something it is not. Being able to see the present moment more clearly helps you to react in ways that improve the quality of your life
To radically accept the present moment, you need to be aware that how things are for you now is due to a long chain of events and decisions that you and other people made. The present moment never simply happens. It is caused by actions from the past. Imagine that each moment of your life is connected like a line of dominoes that knock each other down leading to the very moment you are in right now
It is important to keep in mind that radically accepting something does not mean you give up and accept every bad thing that happens to you. Some situations in life are just unfair—like when someone hits you without your having done anything to that person. But other situations happen at least in part because of your actions, like getting fired from a job because you spent too much time Instagramming with friends and family instead of working
There is a balance between situations that you created and what others created that affect you. However, many people struggling with overwhelming emotions often feel like life just “happens” to them without recognizing their own role in creating their situations. As a result, they may feel angry, like the whole world is against them, or they may feel powerless, like they have no control over what happens to them.
Radically accepting the present moment changes these kinds of unhealthy thought patterns. It gives you a clearer vision of what you are doing that creates the situation you are in now and helps you see how you can respond to it in a way that brings more peace and balance into your life.