Self-acceptance is the active, honest acknowledgement and appreciation of our capabilities, talents, and physicality—all of our strengths and weaknesses. It is the act of recognizing our whole self, of integrating all aspects of ourselves into our self-image. But self-acceptance is not resignation! It is instigating self-development from a basis of compassion instead of criticism. The expectations we receive and internalize from our many identities—and our image-obsessed culture—can make self-acceptance difficult, but understanding how to balance a desire for change with our inner critic is essential to happiness and health. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.
Acharya Shunya illustrates that accepting yourself involves accepting the part of you that is still learning and the part that knows all. Accept all of you - the pure love part, the learner, the learned. Strive to bring more of the “pure love” part of you out.
Do you ever feel like you’re ‘not enough?’ We can relate. And, so does Colleen Saidman Yee the ‘First Lady of Yoga’ and author of Yoga For Life. Listen in on this transformative conversation with my mentor and yoga teacher, and hear a beautiful meditation for moving beyond fear.