Tolerance and Acceptance: What is The Difference?

Tolerance – the willingness to endure, to put up with Acceptance – the action of consenting to receive something offered What is the difference between acceptance and tolerance? Sometimes the line is blurred.  We may think we’re accepting an experience, a feeling, a pattern or cluster of persistent thoughts when we’re actually only tolerating them. Knowing the difference is essential in our practice if we want to reduce our suffering. In his beautiful poem “The Guest House,” Rumi encourages us to welcome and entertain all of the visitors that come our way. The visitors are metaphors for what arises in our