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What is self-acceptance?
To me, self-acceptance is the process of being where we are long enough to appreciate where we have been and where we are headed. It is an end to the pursuits of "self-esteem" and "trying to be something or someone," for self-acceptance allows us to simply be who we really are.
At this moment, you are how you are. You feel what you feel. You've done what you've done. Your circumstances are your circumstances, and all of these must be accepted. Some definitions of the word, "accept," include: to come to terms with something; to process something; to receive for review. Accepting yourself, therefore, means you are ready to come to terms with yourself.
If you've been working on Step 1, Self-Awareness, then you've seen some of your strengths and weaknesses—things you"The Pyramid of Self-Worth" Step 2--Practice Self-Acceptance; www.DrChristinaHibbert.com (part 3 of this 5-part series) #selfesteem love about yourself and things you do not love. With self-acceptance, it's time to process what you have seen, and to receive it for review. Review implies you can change that part of you if you choose, but only after you've accepted it. It's saying, "I definitely have a quick temper (deep breath). Ok. I accept that is how I am now. I would, however, like to work on that." Or, it's saying, "I am really great at helping people feel loved. I really like that about me, and I want to share it." You don't have to suddenly like what you've seen or even want to change it; you simply have to accept that it is.
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