What if today were the day you decided to radically accept yourself, complete flaws and all?
What if today were the day you decided to radically accept your past as your past?
What if today were the day you decided to radically accept that you are worthy of your own love?
These are the questions I want to send toward your consciousness.
Radical Acceptance is a term I learned years ago by the lovely author Tara Brach. She describes it as “clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind, and loving heart.”
We can be so hard on ourselves.
We can riddle ourselves with shame stories around the things we have done or continue to do that we are not proud of. We send ourselves into a whirlwind of guilt and frustration ruminating over and over again about the qualities we so deeply hate, the very same qualities that make us human.
We can notice what we want to change while maintaining an open heart of love towards what is currently there. The part within that feels so very broken still deserves love too.
This is radical self-love.
Choosing to love the part of you that feels unlovable.
To get where we want to be, we have to accept who we are right now.
We have to honor that we are worthy in the body we are in, in the flaws we inhibit, in the shortcomings we perceive. We are worthy of our own love.
Today I write this to you, hoping that you can find a way to love on and accept all of your parts. That while you grow into the person you so wish to be, that you are gentle and loving towards the part of you that may struggle from time to time, that may need to be reminded that she is still innately worth loving too.
Right now in this very moment.