March 5, 2014
How often do you say to yourself “I LOVE YOU!”? I mean actually say it whether aloud, in your head while looking yourself in the eye in the mirror, written while journaling, etc. Not “I love myself” or “I love this/that about myself,” because for some reason that feels more comfortable than actually saying I LOVE YOU! to ourselves. Try it. Put your hand on your heart and tell yourself “I love you. I love you for who you are right now.” It may feel awkward or make you laugh but that’s okay, the more often you start to say it, the more comfortable it will feel.
Then try it in front of the mirror and take in your body with all of the love and respect it deserves. Imagine treating your body the way you’d treat a loved one. Not in a critical-nit-picky-never-good-enough way. Ever notice how critical we can be of our own bodies? It’s likely you wouldn’t pinch the pudgy parts of your loved one every day or comment on ‘unwanted’ hair growth or the size of their pores or the other million things we seem to be able to find “wrong” with ourselves. Treat your own body with the love you’d show a loved one. We must learn to love ourselves first.
So easily we create for ourselves this idea of who we want to be. Better at this or that, more open and honest, stronger, healthier, whatever it may be. I’m certainly guilty of this. I always seem to have a long list of goals for myself and constantly strive to be “better.” What if instead we gave up the idea of being better or becoming more open and just allowed ourselves to BE, as is? This doesn’t mean we give up achieving goals or making forward progress but rather that we love ourselves every step of the way. Rather than I’ll be happy when.. be happy now. Know that you are full; have everything you need and you need everything you have.
“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu
Love your body. Let it rejoice in the joy of having some gluten free ginger cookies.