I came across this old photograph (of me and my twin brother) and not longer after, found an exercise on self acceptance.
Turns out they both went well together. To find out why, please read the exercise below…. and perhaps take some time to do it for yourself.
Imagine someone you love and admire sitting opposite you. He or she is smiling at you. How do you feel about them? If this person was to make a mistake, could you, and would you forgive them?
Using your imagination, put yourself in the chair opposite you. Imagine you are sitting there smiling back at yourself. How do you feel about her or him? Do you feel the same way about her or him as you did towards the first person, the one you love and admire, or is the feeling different? If this person made a mistake could you, or would you forgive her? Are you more forgiving of the other person?
This exercise often highlights a discrepancy between how we love and accept others, compared to ourselves.
Find a photograph of yourself as a child, and place it where you see it everyday. Let this remind you to be loving and accepting of yourself.
This child is precious, as are you.
When I first did this exercise myself, even after the inner work I have done, there was a difference in how I perceived myself making a mistake compared to my response towards someone I love. With the person I loved, there was an surge of love and empathy and urge to understand. With myself, there was an initial slight withdrawal and contraction in the body and negative feeling before I was able to feel empathy and compassion.
Notice what you notice without any more self judgment.
Its so helpful to keep coming back to where we are on our journey…. and to remind us of our infinite capacity to grow our love. ❤️