What exactly is acceptance and inner peace? Do they matter or are they just words and phrases ?
For me, acceptance and inner peace go hand in hand. If you are truly able to accept yourself and all that is happening in your world then you will experience inner peace. Inner peace is the feeling of tranquility and calm despite, not because of what is going on around you.
How do you accept yourself? One bit at a time. Accepting yourself includes accepting yourself even if you can't accept yourself!! There are so many expectations placed on us and so much striving to achieve and improve ourselves that we can overlook how vital it is to accept what is right now. That doesn't mean that you don't want change or aren't open to it. But there is a difference between doing something as an experience and doing it because you feel there is something wrong with you that needs fixing or improving. The difference between wanting to experience a new level of joy or compassion, for example, or feeling you need to be that way.
There is tremendous peace and freedom that comes when you can truly look at yourself and know that you love and accept yourself just as you are. It's about learning to be gentle and kind to yourself. Seeing the beauty of your inner essence. Allowing things to be instead of fighting and resisting. If you only allow yourself to see the "good" qualities you have then you aren't truly accepting yourself. Placing a label of "good" or "bad" on some aspect of yourself can lead to you pushing part of yourself away and then you are likely to encounter that aspect in some other person or situation until you are able to recognise it as part of yourself.
Emotional Connection is a gentle way to allow all parts of yourself to be heard and felt and seen. To accept all the many facets of yourself without judgement or criticism. And in so doing you create the space to be more of who you truly are.