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Humans! Have you ever seen a more imperfect bunch: big ears; crooked noses, protruding eyes and odd mouths and teeth too? And that is just between the chin and the forehead.
As imperfect as we are, you might think we would easily accept the imperfections of others, that we would be open hearted and open armed.
But the exact opposite seems true. The more imperfect
someone is—deformed, physically ill, old or odd— the more some of us turn away, tighten up or act overly cheerful and friendly. How many of us are relaxed and natural?
And we have the same negative reactions to our own imperfections, the same feelings that result in self-rejection.
I know a man who feels angry at himself for going bald, and a woman who hates the width of her hips; personally, I have felt embarrassed at the size of my nose, disgusted when I carried extra weight and dismayed at my rounded shoulders.
Nobody likes feeling this way, which is why we work hard to ignore, cover, pretend and rationalize our imperfections. And we are very good at keeping them hidden; but, those times we do catch a glimpse of that part of our body, we cannot help but experience a rush of negative emotion.
It feels even worse when we catch someone else staring at our imperfection.
The point? Getting rid of those feelings increases self-acceptance, which also increases self-confidence, self-esteem and inner-strength.
So let's do that, first with the body and then behavior.
As we free ourselves from the negative feelings of an imperfection, acceptance is easy, automatic. But how?
By first weakening and then eliminating those feelings. And this happens every time we step up to a mirror and look directly at that part of ourselves.
After a number of times, it can seem like we are getting use to those feelings, but in reality, the emotions are growing weaker as we grow stronger.
Stronger? Facing what we do not want to face, feeling what we do not want to feel, always increases inner strength. And you can speed this process by breathing out any tension with each breath. Relaxing will allow you to feel more and weaken the negativity faster.
So, go ahead, relax, look and feel (embarrassed, angry, ashamed or whatever).
Of course, consistency is key, so tie your mirror time to something you are already doing (e.g. before dressing in the morning, starting the car or brushing your teeth).
The only time we can increase self-acceptance (of our actions) is when we do not want to, when we are feeling the most unacceptable. I mean, it is easy to accept ourselves when things are going well, when our behavior is up to par.
What’s not to accept? The time to increase self-acceptance is when we feel embarrassed, ashamed or in some way weaker.
Imagine you have just made a mistake that is causing a big problem for those around you; and they are not happy. How do you feel?
If you are like most of us, you are drowning in negative emotion and doing everything you can to stop feeling it: your body is tight, breath short and your mind full of thoughts (about how it was not your fault?).
This helps stop those feelings, but whatever emotion we stop is always left behind (and who needs more emotional baggage?).
But if we continue to feel awful, three things happen:
1.) We release more negative emotion (because whatever is felt is released, permanently);
2.) Our inner strength increases (by feeling what we do not want to feel); and,
3.) Our self-acceptance/self-esteem goes up a notch (from 1 and 2).
Yes, the changes are small, but what else can we do? Keep fighting and pretending we do not feel that way? Work harder to feel a different way? This is repression, and it keeps us stuck at the same level of self-disapproval.
Short Version? To increase self-acceptance, body or behavior, breathe out the tension and let it be okay to feel just... like... you.
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