Stop for a minute and ponder the word self-acceptance. Seriously, take a little time right now to mentally munch on the word self-acceptance and what this word means to you.
Now that you’ve given it some thought, I invite you to heartfully marinate about it. When you drop into your heart space to consider the word self-acceptance what emotions arise? How does it feel in your body?
This simple invitation may be challenging. Why? Because most of us have never been asked to consider what it means to accept ourselves, to “pay attention to our innermost feelings and desires with care and compassion.”
Much of our general focus has been on self-improvement, which often translates to identifying areas where we fall short and need fixing. When we focus on our weaknesses and ignore the delicate layers of our inner landscape, we always come up short, left to churn in the space of not enough. All the while, the essence of who we are sits on the bench eagerly awaiting the day to be invited to play first string.
There’s a beautiful constellation of strengths, talents, passions, inner wisdom, learned skills and abilities, and personal experience that I call our natural brilliance. It’s what naturally flows from and for us with ease. For many, this is difficult to contemplate, as most are rarely, if ever, encouraged to seriously acknowledge their natural brilliance.
We also have a powerful inner voice that when listened to can guide us to the truth of our essence. When we live from this place, our inner voice takes center stage. The outside voices from others, individually and collectively - their opinions, criticisms, and judgments that affirm something is wrong with us and needs fixing, and our own critical and judgmental voice have less of an impact.
Join us for a 12-week journey where we discuss, what has become for my clients and me, the quintessential guide to uncovering your inner voice, your essence, your natural brilliance on the path to living a life of authenticity; Helene Brenner’s book, I Know I’m in There Somewhere.
As she notes, “Self-acceptance is not something you tell yourself to have. It’s something you experience when you discover that you can pay attention to your innermost feelings and desires with care and compassion.”
We meet in the Collaborating for Excellence Suite at Breath of Life Center for Healing Arts on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am for Book Talk & Tea where we engage in a rich discussion that's sure to facilitate a positive shift in the way you see yourself and others.
Space is limited to six attendees per circle. Click here for fees and registration info.
Robin C. Crawford, Transformational Teacher, Lifeworks Certified Coach, Sociologist, Vibrational Explorer, Purveyor of Possibility, Love of Living Intentionally, Partisan of Play, is on a mission to facilitate the process of self-discovery and self-remembering, prerequisites to courageously engaging in lifework that is aligned with your true nature – work that is satisfying, fulfilling, meaningful and allows you to share your unique contribution in the world. She creates safe spaces to awaken and nurture your natural brilliance via circles of trust, playshops, specialty products and relationship-building opportunities designed to foster spiritual and professional growth from the inside out.
Aspiring Sage, Creative Maven, Fancier of Books, Guardian of Student Experiences, Inner Explorer, Lover of Living & Learning, Partisan of Play, Princess of Joy, Purveyor of Possibility, Vibrational Recalibrator.