If I had to identify just one factor that had the greatest potential to create lasting health,
healing, and happiness it would have to be self-acceptance.
Self-acceptance is the inner acceptance of who and what you are, just as you are. When you
yourself, you see yourself and all the different aspects of yourself – thoughts, feelings, images,
behaviours, appearance, and life situation – clearly, with a welcoming attitude of non-judgement and non-attachment.
What is beautiful about relating to ourselves in this way is that a freedom and joy starts to arise
spontaneously and from this we begin to see new possibilities. Rather than being stimulated by fear and
rejection of yourself, these thoughts come from a place of love and acceptance.
Self-acceptance is critically important. It is intrinsically connected to one’s level of
fulfilment, happiness, and peace of mind. People with a high level of self-acceptance:
· Are present, awake, and aware in the moment.
· Experience a deep connection to life, God, or spirit.
· Are able to express joy and freedom in most circumstances.
· Are more likely to treat other people with respect, care, and kindness.
· Feel healthier, happier, and more at peace.
· Experience a deep gratitude and reverence for life.
· Are much less likely to have depression or mental health problems.
· Are less likely to experience addictions or have problems with friendships and
Self-acceptance doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, developing it requires a lot of patience and
consistency. But, it is the most deeply rewarding work you can do if you are truly committed to your health,
healing, and happiness.
Source: Mark Atkinson, Holistic
Health Secrets for Women: Discover Your Unique Path to Health, Healing, and Happiness (London: Piatkus Books, 2009), 113-116.
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