Today, we have Carolyn Akens as our guest blogger.
Almost all of us have a distorted image of our body, often due to the importance our culture places on outward appearance and with the onslaught of media images of airbrushed models and celebrities, who wouldn’t have a distorted image of his/her body?
On a daily basis, we talk to ourselves in ways we would never speak to another person. Imagine speaking to a child the way you speak to yourself about your body. It would devastate and squelch a child.
It affects you similarly, causing stress and emotional pain in your body, which can make improving your health or losing weight even more difficult.
Note from Carolyn: Don’t compromise by eating processed foods. You only get one body to live in. Your body is your temple to God so you can live long and strong. Eat to live and not live to eat!
Think of all the intelligence, creativity and time you spend on improving, altering and judging your appearance. Who would you be and what could you accomplish if your valuable resources weren’t used this way?
Constant emphasis on the external makes us discount the great presence and intelligence that is housed by the body. It makes us forget the magic of our internal rhythms and fail to acknowledge the beautiful bodies we have.
The body you have now is incredible!
- It never misses a heartbeat
- It maintains homeostasis
- It miraculously digests whatever you put in it
- It is your instrument for expressing your creativity, intelligence and love
By focusing on the 1% you don’t like or wish were different, you may be ignoring the remaining 99% about your body that is beautiful, unique and delightful.
What would your life be like if you were simply at peace with the body you have? You may wish to make your body healthier and stronger, but could you do that out of love and respect for your body instead of the opposite?
Could you begin to treat yourself with kindness, to limit the negative self-talk and to reconnect with your inner wisdom? Take a minute to imagine what that would feel like.
It would mean celebrating your body and not punishing it. It would mean nourishing your body and not depriving it. It would mean a chance to watch your body flourish when treated with care and respect.
renew. restore. revitalize
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