The Japanese Art Of Ukeireru

Japanese has numerous words that mean “acceptance.” Depending on who you are with and the situation you find yourself in, finding the right words to express acceptance varies and could prove challenging. It’s no different from the many Japanese words and phrases that function as symbols or representations of meanings. In Japan, we can look at their understanding of acceptance and try to find a deeper level of it.

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Ukeireru means much more than self-acceptance. It means acceptance of our relationships in our families, in school, at work, and in our communities. What would it be like to be inspired each day by ukeireru? What sorts of things can we get involved in to have that sense of well-being brought about by acceptance?

How to Practice Ukeireru

Ukeireru means accepting reality and broadening the narrow, often confining perspective we have of ourselves. As we do this, we might be able to understand a different point of view. If we’re not self-aware we won’t be able to change things—especially not with the conditions that created or contributed to our stress in the first place. Create well-being, and then you are better able to address the problems that contributed to sadness in the first place. 

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What Effects Can This Have on Well-Being?

Once you accept life for what it is, you have room to observe and notice that you are only a part of society and not that important. As a result, you can more easily understand other points of view, and you won’t merely react to a person or an event you are upset about.  Time seems to slow down— you won’t always be thinking ahead or thinking back. Ukeireru creates a kind of an actual state of immediacy—of being present.