“Honor the physical temple that houses you by eating healthfully, exercising, listening to your body’s needs, and treating it with love & dignity.” -Dr. Wayne Dyer
It’s cliche to say that your body is a temple..however all cliche’s hold a truth so powerful that it has been spoken over and over again. And it’s true. Your body is a sacred temple in which a beautiful and infinite spirit lies within. I think it’s safe to say that disliking your body couldn’t possibly get you further in life than loving it. Once you stop to realize that almost everything we do in life requires use of our bodies.. once we start to truly view our bodies for what they really are- the idea of self-love no longer seems so far away.
It is possible to shift your perspective and feelings toward your physical body through your actions, words, and thoughts. Just as we discussed in our previous blog post, in order to manifest positivity in one’s life, you must set up your vibrational atmosphere. Which brings me to step 1.
Ditch the negative self talk. I mean, seriously. This one is pretty self explanatory. Fake it until you make it. Speak nothing but kind words regarding your body. Toss words like, “fat”, “acne”, “cellulite”, “wrinkles”, “diet” out the window for good! This is an enormous and essential step.
Nourish your body. Ever heard of the saying, “You are what you eat”? Well this is also 100% true! And since your skin is one of the major detox organs, the majority of the time you can easily tell someones diet intake by simply looking at them. Don’t hinder your life journey by consuming foods that will cause you to feel sluggish, tired and weak. Don’t put your health at risk by eating processed foods that will harm your body overtime. Instead, make a conscious decision to honor your body with every meal choice by leaning towards a more plant-based diet and leaner meats. By doing this, you are setting your body up for success and fueling your brain and heart while feeling more energized and clear!
Move! Release any stuck or stagnant energy daily. Express gratitude for your health by incorporating physical movement into your schedule as frequent as possible. This may include a walk in the park, playing outside with your children, yoga, exercising, walking your dog more often.. etc.
Do more of what you love and remove negativity from your life. I know firsthand that this one is easier said than done, but at the end of the day none of the things you possess (i.e your job, spouse, friends) will matter. All that will matter is what is in your heart and how much you loved. Life is too short to not follow our hearts and do what we have longed to do. Any hate or negativity you feel towards your own self will eventually manifest into physical illness/or conditions.
You may have to re-evaluate “friends” that engage in negative self-talk or pressure you to lose weight/achieve a certain look. Chances are, this is not benefiting you. We are not here to judge and criticize one another. It’s important to build loving and supportive relationships while transitioning into a loving lifestyle. Negativity begets negativity.
Here are a few more (creative and unique) tips and tricks to get you on the path to self-love!
Leave self-love sticky notes around the house!
Write your body an apology letter. Release any guilt or shame.
Morning/Evening thanks to your body for everything it has done for you that day/ and to infuse your day with vitality.
Treat yourself! A day at the spa? A massage therapy session or a yoga class never hurt anyone.
List reasons why you are grateful for your body.
Practice acceptance no matter what.