Posted by: eranmagen | December 23, 2007

Self-Acceptance

escher_mirror.jpg Towards the end of a recent workshop, a participant asked if the principles of Supportive Listening could be applied toward the self. That is, can I come to accept my own experiences as valid and legitimate, without judging, while maintaining a positive regard and care for myself.

What an insightful observation. Yes, in my experience, this change in attitude to myself follows from developing a habit of applying this attitude to others. At least for me, changes of this kind often start on the outside and progress inward. As I learn to accept others and support them in their experiences, I also learn to do this for myself.

Paul and I sometimes say that practicing Supportive Listening is a way of being a good friend. It’s encouraging for me to realize that we can also learn to be good friends to ourselves…

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