Ten ways to love your body more
This is such a wonderful list from Rachel (link to her website below).
- Think of your body as a brilliant tool. Create an inventory of all the things you can do with this body (e.g., lift furniture, carry heavy groceries, hike, carry babies, remove a splinter with a needle…) Impressive, huh?
- Inhabit your body as a source of pleasure. What do you enjoy doing? What gives this body joy? Put on those sneakers and go for a five-minute walk.
- Imagine being a little more okay with yourself right now. Know that you have your own style, your own verve, your own beauty. There is no one else exactly like you.
- Count your blessings, not your blemishes. I saw a man with no legs yesterday, just after whining that mine were too fat.
- Start saying to yourself, “Life is too short to waste my time and energy disliking my body.”
- Beauty is only skin deep. The most physically beautiful folks are often the most unhappy. Your true nature, your essence is divinely gorgeous. Your soul has no wrinkles.
- Dance, sweat, shake, twirl, spin and release those negative beliefs. Shout and feel gratitude for this body that gets to experience so much joy! Get out of your head and into your feet.
- Get out in nature. It’s hard to be miserable when we are inhabiting our true selves. Your body craves moments as well as weeks in the outdoors. Nourish yourself with green living.
- You are perfect, lovable, stunning. We spend our lives believing what we have been told years ago by people we would trust for street directions today. Don’t believe the lies.
- If you had a year to live, how important would your body image and appearance be? Know anyone who is dead now? How much did you care what they weighed? Celebrate being alive; breathing, resting, laughing. Notice all that this body gifts to you. And if all this reads as nonsense to you, call me. I care and I will not allow you to torture yourself.
— Rachel Fleischman http://dancingyourbliss.com
Susan Ni Rahilly has reached an interesting point in her life now that she’s in her mid-sixties: as an author/publisher and Zen, Yoga and Meditation teacher she considers herself “trans-genre”—a multi-dimensional teacher inspired by Ancient roots of both Zen and Yoga. These roots reach back to Divine Feminine practices and inspire her ongoing research into our innate abilities for deep listening and intuitive practice: awakening and accelerating our Spiritual Vision as change-agents for Humanity’s future. She is also the Spoken Word Artist SuZen.