Meditation on Acceptance

“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement.”

Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund
A red and green painting
Fingerprint #2647, Moira Jane Dryer, 1988, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Henry L. Hillman Fund

Take some time out of your day to cultivate gratitude with a guided meditation on acceptance using Fingerprint #2647 by Moira Jane Dryer as inspiration.

Step-by-Step Meditation

Listen to Visualization Meditation:


  1. Take a few moments to look at this work.
  2. Bring your attention to the vertical lines. Focus on the lines as you move your awareness from left to right, across the painting.
  3. As you do this, notice the uniqueness of each line: the different sizes, shapes, and colors.
  4. Each line is unique, just as a fingerprint is unique to each person.
  5. Now, close your eyes and reflect on your own uniqueness. Let go of any self-criticism as you work to cultivate acceptance and gratitude for who you are.
  6. Think of some of the different aspects that make you unique. As you reflect on these aspects repeat the following phrase: “I accept and love who I am.”
  7. Repeat this affirmation to yourself to develop deeper acceptance and self-love.

This work is on view in Scaife Gallery 15


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