Self Acceptance

 

Be what you are and let life help you with what you are not.

Alan Cohen in Relax Into Wealth

One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world – making the most of one’s best.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American Protestant Minister

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

Maya Angelou

You are the place where God shows up.

Eddie Watkins Jr

You can be fully satisfied with where you are, understanding that you’re eternally evolving. When you get into that place of feeling appreciation of where you are and of who you are, and appreciation of what you are, and you accept that you are a never-ending, always unfolding Being, then you can stand in that delicate balance of being optimistic about what is to come, without being unhappy about where you stand. Find a way of eagerly anticipating future changes, while at the same time you are in love and satisfied with who, what, where and how you be.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, November 4, 2000

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.

Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

The need to be normal is the predominant anxiety disorder in modern life.

Thomas Moore in Original Self

Perfectionism is the fear of being criticized.

Caroline Myss

The artist’s role is to do what is honest for them. So if you’re in New York and everyone is looking at the floor, you can look up. It’s not your role to follow the others. It’s your role to go to your centre and then reflect that, not just to be a mirror to what’s happening.

James Hubbell

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

Anne Lamott

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.

Thich Nhat Hanh

You break free when you feel neither beneath anyone nor superior to anyone, when you shed the need to control other people, when you create space for others to be who they are and for your real self to be what it is.

Deepak Chopra

Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.

Chuang Tzu

Do not let anything from your past inhibit you in this Present Moment. Start over. Start Fresh. Each day. Each hour, if it serves you. Heck, each minute. Just get going. Just do it. Just say it. With love. All else will take care of itself.

Neale Donald Walsch

Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths!

Rumi

Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.

Clark Moustakas

Be gentle with yourself. Kiss away your (imagined) faults and remember, if you saw you as God sees you, you would smile a lot.

Neale Donald Walsch

Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.

Doris Mortman

You can be fully satisfied with where you are, understanding that you’re eternally evolving. When you get into that place of feeling appreciation of where you are and of who you are, and appreciation of what you are, and you accept that you are a never-ending, always unfolding Being, then you can stand in that delicate balance of being optimistic about what is to come, without being unhappy about where you stand. Find a way of eagerly anticipating future changes, while at the same time you are in love and satisfied with who, what, where and how you be.

Abraham-Hicks, from a workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, USA November 4, 2000

A man needs self-acceptance or he can't live with himself; he needs self-criticism or others can't live with him.

James A Pike (1913-1969) American Episcopal Bishop

One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world making the most of one's best.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American theologian and author

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don't mind.

Dr Seuss

Seek respect mainly from thyself, for it comes first from within.   

Steven H Coogler

Imposing harsh judgements on your body limits the range of experiences you allow yourself to enjoy. How many times has a wonderful day at the beach been tainted by your judgements about how you look in a bathing suit? Imagine how liberating it would be to happily walk across the warm sand without feeling self-conscious. Think of all the activities in your life that you have deferred until you look different, better, or perhaps even perfect.

There is much documented proof that the mind and body are connected, so acceptance of your body is not only essential for your emotional well-being, it is essential for your physical health as well. Denying your body complete acceptance can lead to illness, whereas practicing acceptance can heal disease. The drive for self-improvement is completely healthy as long as it comes from a place of self-love rather than a feeling of inadequacy.

Andrew Adler

I find that when we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works.

Louise Hay

If you are of of those rare and fortunate people who already experience your body as perfect exactly as it is, with all its foibles and strengths, then you already embraced the lesson of acceptance and can fast forward to the next lesson. However, if any small part of you believes that you would be happier if you were thinner, taller, larger, firmer, blonder, stronger, or some other physical alteration you think would magically transform your life for the better, then you might want to spend some time learning about the value of true acceptance.

Acceptance is the act of embracing what life presents to you with a good attitude. Our bodies are among the most willing and wise teachers of this lesson. It can be like an ever-present benevolent guide or a lifelong cross you bear. The decision is yours based on how well you learn this lesson.

For many people, their body is the target for their harshest judgment and the barometer by which they measure their self worth. They hold themselves up to an unattainable standard and berate themselves for coming up short of perfection. Since your physical shape is the form in which you show up in the world, it is very often the way you define yourself, and often the way others define you.

Andrew Adler

The body you are given will be yours for the duration of your time here. Love it or hate it, accept it or reject it, it is the only one you will receive in this lifetime. It will be with you from the moment you draw your first breath to the last beat of your heart. Since there is no refund, no exchange policy on this body of yours, it is essential that you learn to transform your body from a mere vessel into a beloved partner and lifelong ally, as the relationship between you and your body is the most fundamental and important relationship of your lifetime. It is the blueprint from which all your other relationships will be built.

The challenge of the first rule is to make peace with your body, so that it can effectively serve its purpose and share its valuable lessons of acceptance, self esteem, respect, and pleasure. Everyone learns these lessons before they are able to journey successfully through life.

Andrew Adler

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