Thursday, April 29, 2010
The Road to Self-Acceptance
How do you see yourself? I’m not referring to the physical attributes you see when you look in the mirror or catch your reflection in a crystal clear window, although that is an area of discontent that can be symptomatic of a larger issue of self-acceptance. When we are self-accepting, we are able to accept, love, and rejoice in all aspects of ourselves, from our physical attributes to the contents of our hearts. We recognize and accept our limitations and weaknesses, as well as our strengths, while we strive for further self-actualization and personal and spiritual development. Your self-acceptance will directly determine your level of happiness and satisfaction in your life, so why not try to raise your level of self-love? It doesn’t cost a thing!
Self-acceptance is crucial for happiness, well-being, quality of life, and abundance, and it is an area that our society cuts down with unrealistic images of beauty and materialism and a lack of focus on spiritual development. Unfortunately, much of our self-acceptance originates with how our parents view us and communicate those views to us. If your mother or father constantly communicated to you that you were never “enough,” than you may come into adulthood feeling insignificant and like a failure. As a result, we find consistent and numerous ways to perpetuate this unresolved hurt onto ourselves in adulthood if it is not addressed. Next, society’s messages through media and collective belief systems have the ability to impact self-worth, especially if we don’t measure up to those images and ideals.
Fully accepting myself for everything that I am in this present moment, RSD/CRPS and all, has been one of my last and most major shifts in consciousness. You may think you accept yourself, but if you criticize and judge any aspect of your existence, whether it is your weight or your achievements, you do not fully accept and love yourself. When you swell up with unconditional love for who and what you are, without judgment, just as you swell up with unconditional love for your pet or child, you know you have made it to full self-acceptance.
Stay tuned for more on this topic, including personal examples and tips for furthering self-acceptance and love.
Any thoughts or questions?
One more week and I am done with my semester!