By Bronwyn Ison

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” Brian Tracy

Accepting others and self is a magnificent gift. It’s a gift that surpasses anything tangible.  Feeling accepted and being a part of something gives us incredible confidence.  Speaking of self-acceptance, it’s defined as, “an individual’s acceptance of all of his/her attributes, positive or negative.”  This includes how we think of ourselves, i.e… our body acceptance, protecting ourselves from others negative criticism, and believing in your own capabilities. 

Most people have low self-esteem. Often times our childhood has much to do with how we think of ourselves. If you lack self-acceptance it may be you had a parent who was not very empathetic.  Once we’re adults, a person who lacks self-esteem is seeking approval and affirmations.  They are constantly seeking approval from others.  I’ve witnessed people who will boast of self and their wonderful accomplishments.  By all means, I’m not discounting a person’s hard work or discounting their accolades.  While the person may boast, it’s only temporary, a euphoric high they can only be on for a short while.  Once that fix is satisfied … they seek more. It becomes a vicious cycle. 


We are who we are.  Love who you are.  Accept who you are.  Be yourself.  You were not meant to be anyone else.  Don’t wait for approval from man.  He/she has just as many beauties and faults as you do. 

Do something kind for yourself and accept yourself for the amazing person you are!

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga and Online Yoga Classes at 760-564-YOGA(9642)