Okay – you might be thinking a certain kind of luv, like, you know, the self-pleasure kind of luv. That’s important too, but what I’m talking about here is the heart centered luv – for your body.
I think about loving my body in two ways: one is the physical kind of love, the other is the emotional, heart centered love.
Here’s what the physical love is: eating well, exercising, getting your teeth cleaned, having your hair cut, getting new glasses when you can’t read street signs anymore, having a massage, sex (self-pleasure and with your partner), a hot bubble bath, buying clothes that flatter your body, putting glitter on your face when you go out to dinner, resting when you need, etc.
That’s all REALLY important, and usually stems from the other kind of love for your body – the love from your heart that says your body is worthy of being loved.
Read that statement again: “your body is worthy of being loved.”
You might think everyone else out there loves their body, but what I know to be true is that most people actually despise some part of themselves and their body.
I use to be one of them. I use to want my hair to be curly instead of straight. I wanted my nose to be smaller, I wanted to be shorter, I wanted to be skinnier, I wanted to have smoother skin, I wanted to have bigger eyes, I wanted to not be sick, I actually wanted to have smaller feet! I believed that if all these things changed, I would be loved more by others, and I would truly be happy.
What a crock of poop. There’s not one iota of truth in that last statement.
When I began to love my body JUST AS IT WAS without it needing to be any different, was when I began to see life in a new way. It’s when I started to view myself in a new way. And you know what? It was totally liberating.
Your body is your body. It was created as a tiny cell into the amazing form that it is. There is no one else like you on this entire planet. How profound is that?!
I remember when a client said to me, “I hate my thighs, they’re too big.” I looked at her stunned, because that’s not what I saw – at all. I saw only a beautiful body, just as it was.
That’s how you can see your body as well. It’s true. I’m not pulling your leg.
5 tips to luving your body:
- Look in the mirror – into your eyes – every day and see your heart. When the judgments start about the bags under your eyes, about your hair, about your weight, put up a mental stop sign. Go back to your eyes – see your heart through your eyes. Do this over and over and over and over again. And over again. Every day.
- Say 1 gratitude about your body every day. What are you thankful for that your body is equipped with? Is it your eyelashes, throat, kidney, skin, finger nail? Each part of our body is a MIRACLE. Practice seeing this.
- When you feel pain somewhere, send loving energy to the pain, not resistance or wishing it weren’t there. Yes, I know pain is uncomfortable, but pain is your body telling you something. Can you listen to what it’s saying and send your heart to that part of your body? It needs your love. This I know.
- When you are sick, thank your body for fighting the virus. That is a miracle as well.
- When you get dressed up for dinner, work, a night out or anything else – look in the mirror and say, “You look amazing!” I know, you’re thinking this won’t work, but it does. I say this to myself every time I get dressed up or wear my professional clothes. Why not? Because the truth is, you DO look amazing. Now practicing actually seeing your true beauty.
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