Radical Self Acceptance to Become Whole

Pulling out of a Dutch Bros. coffee stand the other day, I found myself idling behind a car whose bumper sticker read, “God bless everyone – no exceptions”. Yes! And, while we’re at it, how about God bless all parts of everyone, no exceptions. A discussion on behalf of psychological wholeness….

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Everybody’s Black Swan

In the psychological thriller movie, Black Swan, Natalie Portman gives a tour de force performance as a shy, prim and proper ballerina who tries very hard to be perfect as she prepares for her role as Swan Queen in Tchailovsky’s Swan Lake ballet.

There’s only one problem. She’s human. The black swan of her repressed ambition, jealousy, passion, and rage undoes her.

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The Perils of Trying to Perfect Ourselves (Another Leunig Cartoon)

For those of us working diligently to become enlightened by removing the “blemishes” of being human, another cartoon by Australian cartoonist, Michael Leunig. Enjoy!

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Is Being Good, Good Enough?

We all have parts of ourselves which we don’t like. Perhaps it’s the sadness from which our forced laughter distracts us. Or the envy we feel for someone’s good fortune. Or the anger that occasionally bursts forth much to our embarrassment. For many of us, these dark and difficult feelings are unacceptable. They don’t measure up to our assumed standards of decency, goodness, or spirituality. So what are we to do with them?

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Reclaiming Your Wholeness with Unconditional Positive Self-Regard

I wonder whether, like most of the persons I meet, you divy yourself into parts of which are good and bad, likeable and dislikeable, spiritual and unspiritual, etc… On the one hand, you turn towards, embrace, and proudly present to others your “better” qualities. On the other hand, you turn from, disown, and closet your “worse” parts.

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