Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance — maybe all of it. Jack Kornfield
Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship with myself. Nathaniel Brandon
The world around us is a reflection of the world within us.
In looking deeper at oneness and belonging — the opposite of separation — I am seeing how my beliefs and attitudes about myself play out in the world around me. I am looking at my lack of self-approval: when I don’t approve of me, I am sending out powerful energy that says to everyone “you aren’t good enough.” The message is that you need to try harder, change yourself, look different, be different. It is the message that the way I am is not ok. It says nobody else is ok either.
So how does this look in the world? It says that we need to acquire and consume because our self worth is outside ourselves. This energy says that whatever we are on the inside is not enough. So we need to abandon what is true for each of us, turn away from the simple beauty of nature and the truth of our inner self. This energy says that instead, we to mindlessly chase something outside ourselves, and only then can we know contentment.
This is searching for a solution to an unsolvable problem. I need to take responsibility for me, and admit that I am fighting an unwinnable fight. I am separating myself from my spiritual being who knows only acceptance and love for herself, body, mind and soul. I need to join with my soul on every level, spiritually, energetically and physically. I need to join everything that belongs to my soul. I need to stop holding onto an unfixable belief that doesn’t even belong to me. I need to put down the idea that I am not enough and not good enough and not worthy and just walk away.
Affirmation: I am one with my higher mind and soul, who knows only complete love and acceptance of herself.