Do you feel like a bad person for holding sadness, anger, or shame? Like there is something wrong with you when you feel them? When you reject these emotions, you reject yourself. Your authenticity. Your Truth. You hold the most divine love just out of reach, simply by pushing away these feelings.
When you pull them close and give them an inner hug, this compassion will come flooding back. It’s through radical acceptance that we return this love to ourselves.
Radical acceptance is gentle, but powerful. Emotions soften. Even the most difficult will wash over you like a gentle stream—not raging rapids.
This whole idea reminds me of the serenity prayer:
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Overtime with hard work and lots of effort, you might be able to alter an emotion’s presence in your life. But they are slow to budge. So what should you do in the meantime, when you have to accept that you cannot change it in that moment?
Don’t spend your precious energy pushing that emotion away. It has a healthy place within you. Let it be.
All emotions have a place in your life. They all deserve radical acceptance and unconditional love.
Acceptance prevents you from spending needless energy on the things you can’t change. That means, instead of trying to push away an emotion that won’t budge, you can put that energy towards romance. Towards your career. Towards building a home you love or coping with your mental illness better.
It is not surrendering your power to affect change in your life. Instead, radical acceptance strengthens and empowers you. It does not let your emotions overpower you—instead it brings you the power to handle all of them.
All emotions have a place in your life. They have a purpose. And they all deserve your love. It doesn’t matter if an emotion is rational or irrational—it’s there. It’s within you. And it deserves all the compassion you can muster.
In this episode, I share the healing process of radical acceptance in the face of overwhelming emotions. You will learn to love yourself in the midst of any experience. You’ll clearly see what to accept, what to change, and you’ll know how to tell the difference.
As soon as you apply radical acceptance to your emotions, you can apply it to anything, like both the wonderful and difficult parts of life. Empowerment will unfold in hundreds of new directions.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the curious topic of radical acceptance.
In the comments below answer: What is one emotion you struggle to accept? And what is one action you can take to better accept that emotion?
I can’t wait to read your stunning insights! When you add your voice to this conversation, you help to transform the world for all of us living with mental illness.
If you want to help a friend love themselves more—please share this blog with them too. They may find this concept so meaningful and healing, more than you could have anticipated when you linked them to this.
Truly, a big thanks from me to you for being here and discovering the healing power of radical acceptance. I hope it’s made an impact on how you treat all your emotions. And, don’t forget, give that little hand on a heart exercise a try soon!