March 4 begins Radical Acceptance Week in Brookhaven Retreat’s 12-week DBT cycle. Women will be focusing on letting go of suffering and opening themselves to healing and joy.
Many women have experienced the trauma and emotional breakage that leads to depression and mental illness. When women refuse to accept a situation, pain intensifies into suffering and interferes with every aspect of their lives. When a woman resists reality, she stagnates in suffering and clings to what could have been rather than accepting what she has. Non-acceptance is self-sabotaging to healing and recovery.
Radical acceptance is a dialectical behavior therapy skill that teaches women to accept the reality rather than live in misery. “Radical” implies complete acceptance of an entire situation.
When women accept their trauma, fear or breakage, they stop fighting against it. Letting go of an emotional struggle opens the way for healing. It does not erase feelings of sadness or depression, but it facilitates control of these emotions. Suffering lessens into a more normal pain that can be worked on. Only with acceptance comes the ability to change and move on.
To practice radical acceptance, women accept that reality will be what it is without their having an ability to change it. They accept that there is a cause to the situation they are suffering from. Women then work on accepting that life can be worth living despite painful events.
This week, the women at Brookhaven Retreat will practice mindfulness, willingness and turning the mind skills to focus on radically accepting their emotional situation. This better opens women to treatment and transforms suffering into recovery.