So often we resist that which we don’t like about ourselves.
Behind this resistance there is usually an underlying judgment: “this aspect of myself is unacceptable.”
Resisting might look like avoidance, an attempt to override, or a desire to replace an unwanted behavior with a new one.
We seek to fix or change the unwanted part of ourselves.
We reject any part of ourselves that doesn’t fall in line with how we want to be.
The problem is that whatever we resist persists.
Resistance merely delays facing it.
We think that it will take more effort and time to change whatever it is we are resisting.
But this is a misguided notion.
Accepting that part of ourself, acknowledging it, and allowing it to be there brings liberation.⠀
Once you allow it, it no longer commands your focus.
Acceptance is simple – though not always easy.
It is a choice. One that you can make right now.
Acceptance will bring understanding and compassion for that part of yourself, rather than the pain and frustration created by resistance.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As a result, your time and energy will be freed providing the space to focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want.
Resistance doesn’t lead to change — acceptance does.
With acceptance, you are willing to examine that part of yourself, and when you do you can evaluate.
The evaluation might look like: How is this serving me? How is it not serving me? How would I like to think or feel in this situation instead?
With awareness, resistance becomes a cue to reflect and bring acceptance to yourself. The practice will bring expansive time and energy as you no longer expend your energy resisting and avoiding.
What are you resisting?
How will your life change by accepting it rather than resisting?⠀