Attention Kindness Challenge participants!
In this post, you’ll find:
- this week’s theme prompt & exercise
- the reflection post prompt questions for this week and the end of the self-kindness portion of the challenge
- suggested reading & video
- a screensaver for this week’s theme
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Week 3 Theme | Self-Acceptance
You’ve made it to the final week of self-kindness! I think self-acceptance is the perfect way to round up the three weeks of focusing on self-kindness. We’ve been working on cultivating the relationship we have with ourselves by practicing self-love, then we added self-compassion, and now we’ll focus on accepting ourselves for who we are.
Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.
I think this quote sums up what self-acceptance is about. I believe self-acceptance is releasing the idea that you should be different in some way. Imagine you’re constantly trying to swim upstream, it takes a lot of effort and it’s exhausting! Self-acceptance is about connecting with yourself so that you go with the flow of who you are. It’s about being in alignment with ourselves. Sounds easy enough, but how many times do you second guess yourself, want to change something about yourself, or try to live up to the idea of who you and others think you should be?
By embracing who you are, you’re able to make choices that are in alignment with yourself and are the key to living an authentic and fulfilling life. It might be by learning to be comfortable in your own skin, stop making choices to please others, or allowing yourself to freely express who you are. Including self-acceptance in the kindness you show yourself is fundamental. We are only able to give and receive love and kindness in the degree to which we extend it to ourselves. Therefore, this final step of self-kindness is incredibly important as we move on with the challenge.
I want to honor you for the incredible inner work you’ve done over the past couple of weeks! You’ve been courageous, diligent, and kind. Thank you for the dedication and love you’ve shown yourself. Not only will it benefit you, but everyone who interacts with you. Thank you for helping to raise the tide.
In order to support you on your journey of self-love, self-discovery, and self-acceptance, I wanted to recommend a book. I mentioned that I love Brene Brown and the work she’s doing and conversation she’s promoting. I highly recommend you checking out her book The Gifts of Imperfection It’s one that I go back to often, take notes on, and check in with how I’m implementing the message into my life. The video below touches on things we’ve covered thus far as well as gives a glimpse into the topics discussed in the book.
Create a list of all of the ways you feel you’re swimming upstream in relation to self-acceptance. All of the ways you try to live up to this idea of who you’re “supposed” to be (what you should do, look like, etc) rather than going with the flow of who you are. Next, list all of the things it’s costing you to live trying to be who you’re “supposed” to be (for example it might cost you peace of mind). Lastly, make a list of the things you’re no longer willing to be or do that aren’t in alignment with who you are. As we move forward with the challenge, I encourage you to take steps each day that support you in your journey of self-acceptance.
Another option is to list your values, passions, character traits, and things that feel within your nature to do. With this as your guide, list the things you do that don’t fit in your nature. Are they things you struggle with? Things you don’t enjoy? Journal why you find yourself doing or trying to be someone outside of who you are at heart. Also, journal about the areas you feel free to be authentic in and describe what it feels like and how you can practice this in other areas of your life. I encourage you to keep your guide in a place you can easily refer back to it so you can regularly check in with yourself to see if your daily choices are in alignment with your authentic self.
If you can think of a different exercise to incorporate, feel free to do so.
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Reflection Prompt | You pick the day to post!
At the end of this week, post your reflection. In addition to writing about this week, feel free to share your thoughts on focusing on self-kindness for three weeks. How was your experience? What did you struggle with? What surprised you? What did you learn? What will you stop doing? What will you work on? What will you start doing? Feel free to share as much as you’re comfortable with. You’d be surprised by how many of your readers will be able to relate to how you feel and who you might encourage.
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