Zen Talk: The Importance of Self Acceptance

“The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.”
– Shunryu Suzuki

Our culture so fundamentally lacks personal love and acceptance that self-loathing is practically a national pasttime. Quite frankly, I think that’s ridiculous and for the life of me I can’t imagine why we hold ourselves to such impossible standards of beauty.

Accepting yourself seems to me like the first step towards standing on your own two feet. How can one be independent if one hasn’t freed his or herself from the burden of self-loathing?

What do you think about this quote? What does it make you think about?

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One Response

  1. Hi,

    I hope this finds you well

    I think self-acceptance is easier that self-love. But wonder if one can love him/herself no matter what.

    Also, I agree with your talk about standards of beauty that are impossible.

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