When we accept ourselves no matter what grievance we hold against ourselves forgiveness happens. Forgiveness includes perceived past wrongdoings or anything we hold ourselves hostage to. I have found this has been the biggest offering I have given myself. When I accept blame and shame drops away. Love enters this space. Maybe this is the kingdom of heaven. Stories we tell ourselves are no longer relevant. Inner peace and harmony is restored and life does not seem difficult.
Many words can describe acceptance. Allowing, being with what is, loving what arises, appreciation and letting go. It may also include to stop, slow down and breathe. This will bring you in the present moment and you may be surprised what may arise. Maybe it is an emotion that you distracted yourself from feeling. If we all took the time to breathe, relax and allow just imagine what kind of world we would have.