And she invited us to say it with her.
Serendipity was at work yesterday, and Adriene's mantra medicine went straight to my heart. I accept.
Here's something you may not know about me: I am not so much the accepting kind.
I accept isn't really a well-worn phrase in my vocabulary. For much of my life, I have tended much more toward I control, if I'm being honest with you. And a significant portion of my intense personal work in 2015 was all about releasing control, surrendering in areas where I had previously put up one hell of a constant fight, and, yes... accepting.
But Adriene's mantra wasn't just about accepting in the Universal sense; more specifically, she was inviting me to accept my Self. And to go even further, by affirming, I accept myself today, and I show up for myself just as I am.
How many of us say -- or even think -- to ourselves, I accept you. I am showing up for you.
You don't have to do more, or do better, or look better, or *anything* better. I accept you.
I think that for many of us, it feels like uncharted territory; speaking a foreign language.
So I did it. I thought, I accept myself just as I am today, and I am showing up for myself.
And you know what? It felt AMAZING. It felt healing and liberating and grounding and calming.
It felt like I had been relieved of a burden that I didn't even know I'd been carrying around with me.
And it wasn't like Adriene *made* me do it, there was no force -- or control. She reminded me that I could grant myself permission to offer myself this act of grace. It was a simple invitation, from her heart to mine ... and I am ever so glad that, in response to her invitation, I said I accept.
This week, Sisters, as you contemplate your Self-Care practice, I invite YOU to weave this magical mantra into your repertoire. How does it feel to think and speak this words to yourself?
I accept myself.
I accept myself just as I am today.
I accept myself just as I am today, and I am showing up for myself.
And beyond accepting ourselves just as we are, what else can we accept... in what other areas can we surrender our control... ?
Wishing you a lovely week of self-acceptance, my beloved Sisters. <3