Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
Most people today have a distorted image of their bodies. Almost daily, we talk to ourselves in ways we would never speak to another person. Imagine speaking to a friend the way you speak to yourself about your body. Yet, it affects us the same way it would affect another person, causing stress and emotional pain, which can make improving your health or losing weight even more of a challenge. Instead of the negative mind chatter, what would it sound like in your head if you could appreciate all that your body can do? Everyday our bodies do so much for us. They are the vehicles of our souls and make achieving our purpose in life possible. Try to celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you — running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming, etc.
Think of all the time and effort you spend on trying to improve, alter and judge your appearance. When our main focus is on the surface beauty, it makes us forget the great presence and intelligence of our being that is within our body. It makes us forget the miracle of our internal functions and we fail to appreciate the divine creation that we actually are. True beauty is not simply skin deep. When you feel good about yourself and who you are, you carry yourself with a sense of confidence, self-acceptance, and openness that makes you beautiful regardless of physical appearance. Beauty is 90% a state of mind, and only 10% a state of your body.
The human body is amazing! It never misses a heartbeat, it maintains homeostasis and it miraculously deals with so much of what you put in it. It is your instrument for expressing your being. By focusing your attention on the parts you don’t like or wish were different, you are ignoring the parts of you that are beautiful, unique and delightful. When you look in a mirror or even just in your mind, try to see yourself as a whole person who is uniquely gifted and beautiful. Quiet down the voice in your head that tells you negative thoughts and judgements about yourself. You can overpower those negative thoughts with positive affirmations that pick you back up. The more you affirm your positive thoughts about your body, the more it will comply and deliver even more positive results.
Try to do something nice for your body daily. Something that lets your body know you appreciate it. Take a bubble bath, get a massage, make time for a nap, or simply find a beautiful place outside to meditate or breath deeply. Imagine what your life would be like if you were at peace with your body instead of working against it. It’s not wrong to want to make your body healthier and stronger, but you would get better results for sure if you do this from a place of empowerment rather than contempt. Are you willing to treat yourself with kindness and to reconnect with your body on a more positive level? Take a minute to imagine what that would feel like. It would mean focusing on nourishing your body rather than forcing change through deprivation. Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to to think about what having a strong and healthy body would allow you to achieve in the world. What would you be able to do to help yourself, your loved ones and others in your community? Sometimes helping other people can help you feel better about yourself and can make a positive change in our world. Take the first step towards living a life of purpose by making peace with your biggest supporter, your beautiful body!