Self-Acceptance is the Way

“Mindfulness practice suggests that we give up on self-improvement and instead begin a course on self-acceptance. The way out of our unhappiness is not to fix ourselves.” – Henry Emmons, The Chemistry Of Joy

Do you accept yourself for who you are? Can you forgive yourself and move on? Do you love yourself and have self-compassion? Be aware of the burden of your thoughts. Do you suffer because you can’t let go of something?

Here is a cradling exercise, by Angeles Arrien, from the book, The Four-Fold Way. This cradling exercise is a four-fold practice of honoring who you are and remembering the interconnectedness that supports and binds all beings together.

Cradling Exercise: Lie down and place your right hand over your heart, and your left hand over your right hand. Then mindfully contemplate the following:

  • Acknowledge your strengths and talents
  • Acknowledge what character qualities you like about yourself
  • Acknowledge the contributions that you have made and are making
  • Acknowledge the love given and the love received

Namaste, world.

The Eight Universal Healing Principles

 

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The Eight Universal Healing Principles, by Angeles Arrien (The Four-Fold Way):

  1. Balanced Diet
  2. Daily and weekly exercise
  3. Time for fun, play, and laughter
  4. Music, sonics, and chanting
  5. Love, touch, and support systems
  6. Engaged in interests, hobbies, and creative process
  7. Nature, beauty, and healing environments
  8. The presence of faith and belief in the supernatural

Namaste, world.