I don’t know if you’ve had this experience, but sometimes, when I crave chocolate, don’t understand something or am waiting to hear back about a decision, there’s a two-year-old part of me that screams, “now! I want it now!” If I am not aware of it, I make hasty decisions, act irrationally and react in impatience instead of empathy.

At the heart of all impatience is fear. When we react from that place, what comes out is desperation and anxiety that our needs will not get met. The empty milk carton or the tank of gas that hasn’t been filled up may cause you to yell at your partner, for example, because the emptiness is symbolic of what you want and still do not have.

Often we grasp immediately for things we desire. We search for it online. We read books, attend workshops, listen to lectures to wash away what feels uncomfortable, not right. Yet sometimes the path of healing asks us to be patient, listen and wait. Not all situations require our immediate attention (like Tropical Storm Isaac discussed in our post below). Maybe it’s being able to identify the difference that can generate the most peace and happiness.

This week our posts are all about learning to accept yourself. Maybe you’re impatient, or you have difficulty recognizing your emotions or maybe you’re infamous procrastinator. As you’ll read below, true acceptance and awareness of all your so-called flaws will give you the ability to heal and help others and yourself. 

Self-Esteem vs. Self-Awareness
(360 of Mindful Living) – Why does this blogger believe self-esteem is overrated? In reading this, you’ll discover the answer to that question and why loving yourself regardless of circumstances starts with accepting yourself.

CIA: Care-giving, Isaac & Anxiety – Helping Kids & Pets
(Partners in Wellness) – In light of Tropical Storm Isaac, this post provides important tips on how to help you create a family safety plan, kids and pets included.

The Courage to Be Present: An Interview with Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – In this enlightening interview with author Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, you’ll learn about a different type of psychotherapy, one that encourages mindfulness and awareness in therapists and their clients.

Identifying Your Emotions
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Not everyone has an easy time recognizing their emotions. Sometimes we need assistance in learning to correctly label them. This post will help you and your kids do just that.

The End to Procrastination
(ADHD from A to Zoë) – Ever asked yourself after the end of a long work day, “Where did the time go? Did I even accomplish anything today?” Zoë will teach you the secret to end procrastination and motivate you to get more things done in your day.