Acceptance is the highest form of love. When we love ourselves, we accept who we are, the good and the bad. We enjoy people, places and everything that around us. We are able to receive and share with others. We are willing to take risks and expand our horizon to create the life we want to have.
When we face the challenge of life, like being poor, sick, under-confident, depressed, rejected or betrayed, the feeling is so real and so painful. How can we accept “what is” and love ourselves unconditionally? I certainly had those moments. My mind felt like waves tumbling around in the sea of negativity. The more I focused on feeling bad, the deeper I was drowning in the darkness of self-destruction. I struggled to swim, having to choose between being a victim of my ‘misfortune’ or being a warrior for seeing hope again. My self-disapproval and criticism exhausted my mind and my heart. I could not see who I was until I heard the whisper of peace and ease. I had no choice but to let go of trying to control “what should be”, to forgive the past, to appreciate my pain and to find hope again. It took me a while to recognize the purpose of my negative emotions and to learn how to float skillfully in the constant ebb and flow of change. In the healing process, I accept who I am moment to moment.
Self-help books, meditation, spiritual classes and physical exercises are great tools to re-evaluate, re-organize and re-pattern our habitual thoughts. When we want to make change in life, the first thing is to change our thoughts – to surrender, to forgive, to appreciate, to accept and to love.
I love you and love to be ME. Life is so good to me as always.