Updated: Feb 17
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with images of perfection, it's easy to feel like we're not enough. Everywhere we look we are being sold products, and services to try and look younger, thinner, more "on trend". We can spend our whole lives searching for external validation, but the truth is that the only way to truly shine is by loving and accepting ourselves. This is where the real "glow up" lies. But how do we get there? How do we become more self-aware and learn to love and accept ourselves, just as we are?
The Power of Self-Awareness
Self-awareness is the first step towards self-acceptance. When we become more self-aware, we start to understand our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We begin to see patterns and habits that may not be serving us, and we can start to make changes. This can be a difficult process, as it requires us to look at ourselves honestly and without judgement. But as we start to understand ourselves better, we can start to release the need for external validation and instead, focus on our own self-worth.
Mindfulness as a Tool for Self-Acceptance
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for self-awareness and self-acceptance. When we practice mindfulness, we learn to be present in the moment, to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment. This allows us to see ourselves and our lives more clearly, and to make positive changes. Whether it's through meditation, yoga, or simply taking a walk in nature, mindfulness practices help us to connect with ourselves and to develop a deeper sense of self-love and acceptance.
Releasing External Validation
One of the biggest barriers to self-acceptance is the need for external validation. We can spend our whole lives trying to please others, to meet their expectations, and to fit into the mold of what society deems as "perfect". But the truth is, external validation will never bring us true happiness or fulfillment. Instead, it's only through releasing this need for validation and focusing on our own self-worth that we can truly shine.
Finding Your Spark
So, how do we find our spark? How do we learn to love and accept ourselves just as we are? The answer is simple: by giving ourselves the permission, space, and time to do the things that bring us joy. This could be anything from reading a book, to taking a long bath, to practicing yoga or meditation. Whatever it is that makes us feel good, that helps us to connect with ourselves and to find peace, that is where we will find our spark.
By becoming more self-aware, practicing mindfulness, and releasing the need for external validation, we can learn to love and accept ourselves, just as we are. So, take some time for yourself, do the things that bring you joy, and let your true light shine.
Join one of our Courses or Challenges to support you in your self-acceptance journey; www.openheartsbooking.com