It’s important to understand that self-acceptance has nothing to do with self-improvement. We can spend our entire lives reading self-help books and learning about enlightenment from the sages, but as long as we are not completely open and surrender to ourselves, improvement will never bring true fulfillment. With full acceptance there is the highest form of awareness to who we really are, therefore seeing what changes—if any—need to be made.
Many feel that the burdens of insecurity or adequacy are just normalcies of the human spirit. This type of self-destruction and degradation is what led to many of my bouts with depression and alcohol consumption. My life was a downward spiral, hell-bent on pleasing others and longing for acceptance that I couldn’t achieve for myself. When I began my inner quest for truth, I found there was no truth outside of my Being. We are ONE, but within each of us inhabits Divine treasures that belong only to us.
With self-acceptance, we choose compassion and forgiveness over anger and self-hatred.
Accepting yourself as you are today is the first step towards change. You will be inspired to enhance your life and be more present with yourself and others. You will know true freedom.
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