Insight into Self-acceptance

Accepting ourselves as thinking people

Our thinking determines the degree to which we accept ourselves.

God is a rational being who thinks: 'how precious to me are your thoughts, God (pas 139:17). Like God, we are people who think and it is probably this ability that shapes our personalities more than anything else.

As thinking beings, the difficulty comes when we completely identify with an unhealthy thought rather than acknowledging it, accepting it, then dismissing it, and finding words to say to ourselves that echo God's perspective.

For instance, if my thought is telling me 'I'm stupid' then I have a choice. I can either believe it, or look to God to hear what He says about me. If I think this thought is true, I may act it out, by being unwise with my decisions, not taking responsibility or pressing my self-destruct button.

Alternatively, I can deny the thought and pretend it isn't there and unconsciously act out difficult behaviour that is consistent with it.

I think further exploration is needed into how destructive thoughts can make it difficult for us to accept ourselves.

Summing it all up, friends. I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things, true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst, the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. (Phil. 4:8, The Message)

It is through practicing this process that we will be able to accept ourselves more and feel spiritually alive.

Personal Reflection:
I love the thoughts and ideas that if you think positively that good things arise from it. I do teach Mindfulness so to me I feel I am able to accept the idea of how your mind impacts your behaviour. Maybe I will try another meditation each day.

Creativity inspiration · Mindful colouring

Cultivating Acceptance

How are you feeling in this moment?

Use one word to describe each emotion that you are experiencing – for example, 'thoughtful', 'concerned' and 'hopeful' – write them done in the space provided in the pattern provided.

See if you can make room for these feelings to be, just as they are.

Simply name them and acknowledge that they are there.

You do not need to like them.

Remind yourself that you are allowed to feel this way, even if it's uncomfortable.

Now, see if you can shift the focus of your attention to the pattern before you, and colour when you wish.

This moment is meaningful and it is yours.

Creativity inspiration · Mindful colouring

Extending Compassion and Loving-kindness

Take this opportunity to be silently mindful about someone that you care for deeply.

Bring to mind three things that you like about them.

Write them down if you wish, and take some time to appreciate this person's presence in your life.

Consider the faces of strangers, and see if you can extend the warmth that you feel for your loved ones to these people too.

As you colour the mandala before you, imagine the compassion you feel extending to all living beings.

Feel loving-kindness expand with the colours that you add to the page.

May we all be happy, safe and free from suffering.