Definition of Self-acceptance: satisfaction with oneself, thought to be necessary for good mental health.

Synonyms of Self-acceptance:
approval, credence, attitude, credence, recognition, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs. Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail. We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.

In this program we pray for wisdom, and it comes to us as we take possession of ourselves. We develop a better match between our inner feelings and our outer actions.

We become willing to make choices, and we are able to take a stand based on our personal feelings and hunches. Our integrity, ourselves, can never be taken from us. –Touchstones | More…

In recovery, we learn what we truly want and what is only a symbol of our desires. Our desires, our wants, and our anxieties are spiritual issues.

What at first we think we want may only hide deeper, more vulnerable, and painful feelings. When we admit the deeper fears and desires, we move closer to the spiritual truths of our lives.

We can search for acceptance within ourselves and from God. We can learn to have spiritual peace in an insecure world. We can learn to accept the love of others even though we know we’re not perfect. –Touchstones | More…

Our bodies are part of creation as much as trees, lakes, mountains, flowers, and animals.
Part of our growth into full adulthood is treating ourselves respectfully.

It is a spiritual practice to be fully accepting, active, and alive physically. Our spiritual feelings become part of all the basic details of our lives. –Touchstones | More…

All of us have things about ourselves we have a hard time accepting. We may need to talk about these things with someone else, so these bits of ourselves we don’t accept won’t limit our freedom to grow.

By talking to another, we may find those traits aren’t noticed by anyone but ourselves.
We may also find that what we once thought of as weak points can be turned to strengths. –Today’s Gift | More…

Speak quietly to yourself & promise there will be better days. Whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. Console your bruised and tender spirit with reminders of many other successes. Offer comfort in practical and tangible ways – as if you were encouraging your dearest friend. Recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. Tomorrow comes more brightly… –Mary Anne Radmacher

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