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.
Spiritual teacher Panache Desai explains that as you embrace yourself, including your neuroses, you begin to realize public opinion and approval are inconsequential to your soul's development. Finding the courage to live in alignment with that is the experience of love.
Mina believes empowering all women to confidently say “no” to what they do not want, so they can gracefully and unapologetically speak up for what they “do” want, gives them the power to positively impact their own lives, the lives of others, and ultimately the world.
It's easy to follow the crowd, to focus on what everyone else is focused on, but can you follow your own judgement? Taking risks and learning from failure is the surest way to grow. In this video, Ryan Holiday talks about why you should bet on yourself and listen to your inner voice.