radical acceptance: what is it and how do I use it?


Radical acceptance means that you look upon yourself, others, and the world in an entirely new way. 

You must be willing to let go of your ideas about how the world “should be” and simply accept things the way that they are in the present moment. When you radically accept something, you are completely releasing judgment of it and avoiding any attempts to fight against or change it. 

When you are able accept a painful reality, your thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and attitude all shift to make room for you to fully experience your present reality. This shift creates the opportunity and ability for change. 

As Carl Rogers once said, 'The curious paradox is when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.'

To practice radical acceptance, we need to:

1. Accept what is ☀️ 
2. Realize what we can control and what we can't
3. Look at our situation from a nonjudgmental perspective 👓 
4. Acknowledge the facts of our situation 📚 
5. Learn how to live in the present moment despite our pain

Curious about radical acceptance? Reach out!