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The Self-Acceptance Project: How to Be Kind…

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Every chapter is written by a different author, each providing what their take on "self-acceptance" is. Self-acceptance is just that, to be able to wholly accept every aspect of who you are. In Western society, we are taught to be very judgmental, especially of ourselves and overly so. Self-acceptance is to notice those parts of ourselves that we may not like, and accept them as part of us, of who we are, and in the process learn that these inadequacies may be completely false. If they are real, so? That's just they way we are and we need to embrace the person who is "us", and not as a piece of unlovable filth.

I've seen other reviews of this book complain that it's really repetitive, which yes, it is a bit. A lot of the same ideas get said, many, many times. But each author, all of which are experts in their fields, has their own take on acceptance and compassion. I thought the multiple viewpoints were beneficial to the book. One author may not strike you as profound, but the next one could and change your perspective. Each chapter has at least one piece of information that will make you really think, sometimes for me it was just one short sentence, and that can be all it takes.

I would also recommend the book "Self-Compassion" by Dr. Kristen Neff, to be read around the same time you read this one. ( )
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Even after years of spiritual practice, self-improvement, or therapy, many of us still have trouble with one essential challenge: self-acceptance. How do we stop from constantly judging ourselves as inadequate, finding fault with our bodies, or being plagued by our inner critics? The Self-Acceptance Project was created to help us find a solution. In this collection of essays, contemporary luminaries in spirituality, psychology, and creativity offer insights and teachings for truly embracing who we are no matter what our circumstances, including: "Waking Up from the Trance of Unworthiness"--Tara Brach illuminates the source of self-rejection and offers a powerful process to reverse unconscious patterns; "Compassion for the Self-Critic"--Dr. Kristin Neff shows how self-judgment is often a misplaced but well-meaning survival instinct; "Held, Not Healed"--Jeff Foster on making the space to accept anything that arises with open-hearted curiosity; "No Strangers in the Heart"--poet Mark Nepo helps us reconnect to the sense of deep aliveness that we were born with; "Taking in the Good"--Dr. Rick Hanson offers effective neuroscience-based insights and practices for overcoming our "negativity bias"; "Transforming Self-Criticism into Self-Compassion"--Dr. Kelly McGonigal reveals practical strategies for changing the habitual way we treat ourselves. Why is it often so much easier to feel compassion and forgiveness toward others than toward ourselves? Where do our self-critical voices come from? Can we be motivated to grow and excel while still accepting ourselves as we are? In these 19 offerings, some of today's most trusted teachers share their most valuable practices and techniques for building confidence, transforming our relationship with our inner critics, and using any circumstance as an opportunity to treat ourselves with kindness, compassion, and love.… (more)

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