Spirituality: Acceptance

You accept yourself; that makes you capable to accept others.
And because somebody accepts them, they learn the beauty of
acceptance for the first time — how peaceful it feels —
and they start accepting others. 
If the whole humanity comes to a point where everybody is accepted as he is, 
almost ninety percent misery will simply disappear.
​—- Osho
^^ This quote stuck out to me. I am always telling people to ACCEPT one another, but I guess the first step to love and acceptance, is accepting and loving yourself. At 25 years old I am STILL STRUGGLING to accept myself for the woman I am and the woman I am becoming. When I was younger I was into more wordly things, I listened to every thing, I talked to whomever, I had no prejudices, and for that I was sort of demonized. I was called the “white girl" by not only strangers, but friends and family. I won’t lie, it bothered the hell out of me, but that was only because I thought there was something wrong with listening to the Goo Goo Dolls. 
Now that I am older, I look at my cousins and other family members and see how now they are listening to other kinds of music, and doing other things outside the black stereotype (you know what that is) and I can’t help but think, like dude you used to call me the white girl, but I digress. ​
Religion is a big part of learning to accept who I am, along with my feelings. I do not believe in any ABRAHAMIC religion at all. I surely do not believe in the bible, the torah, or the Quran.​ I believe in God, I just do not believe it in the way my family or society wants me to believe in her. For twenty four years I battled with this because I thought I had to pray to Jesus, I thought I had to be a Christian. I am not bashing Christians, however for me, Christianity just does not work for me, nor do any of the other religions for that matter. I accept every one, and I don’t care any more or any less of you if you do believe in religion. Back to the topic at hand, I have accepted that I am comfortable enough with myself to freely admit this about myself. 
If we can begin to accept ourselves for who we are, we can begin to accept others for they are, You can only have true love with ​acceptance.

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