Sometimes when we try to reach for self love we struggle to open our heart completely to the aspects of ourselves that we have rejected and denied. While unconditional love of all parts of ourself is the ultimate goal, this can feel like a giant leap when you are so used to focusing on your flaws.
Acceptance is a softer energy. It is a stepping stone to self love. It is the doorway.
Acceptance is a practise of making peace with what is. It is an energy that embraces, welcomes in and allows things to be just as they are. You do not necessarily have to love something, but you can accept it.
You can just let it be. You can settle in to a neutral space rather than having to swing from the extreme of self loathing to complete self adoration.
And from that gentle, softer space of acceptance, your heart naturally begins to open. Your perception of yourself shifts. A new possibility arises. Love for yourself naturally starts to bubble up rather than it being a forced practise.