Gamaiunova describes acceptance as “non-judgment and receptivity towards our experiences.” It’s the ability to not judge ourselves, our actions, or even our experiences and to instead view the situation (and yourself) with compassion. It’s about letting go of the negative feelings associated with an experience and deciding to move forward wholeheartedly.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Kristina Hallett tells mbg that taking a few breaths, centering the present moment, and practicing an attitude of kindness can help us reach this place of self-acceptance—and conveniently, meditation just happens to be one of the best ways to do all three of those things.
“When we’re focused on what we’ve done ‘wrong,’ we’re facing the past (which we can’t affect anymore today). When we’re focused on what ‘might’ happen, we are facing the future (which we can’t affect because it hasn’t happened yet),” Dr. Hallett explains. “Instead, I’d invite you to stay in the present. Work on catching yourself when you find yourself sucked into a spiral of self-denigration or worry. As we stay in the present, we can learn from the situation.”