Learn How to Appreciate Your Body as the Miracle It Is
Most of the women I know have a somewhat troubled relationship with their bodies. How often do you pass by a shop window and secretly check your image out in the mirror? How often have you got up in the morning and before getting into the shower checked how flat your tummy was? On these instances, how often have you actually felt good about what you saw or have secretly told yourself off for eating the extra piece of cake the night before and described yourself in less than flattering words? I certainly used to have this love-hate-relationship with my body. On the one hand constantly trying to eat healthy, exercise, be toned and slim as well as constantly telling myself off for having a "fat belly" that no one, apart from me, could ever notice. We tend to criticize ourselves in ways that we would never criticize an enemy let alone a friend. We often tend to be much kinder and forgiving with others than ourselves. How nice would it be to be able to look into the mirror instead and smile back at your own reflection? Many people that I meet are mostly living in their head and only really focus on their body in terms of how it looks or when they are forced to acknowledge their body as it is ill. Hardly ever do we say thank you to our bodies for being pain-free and for doing all these marvelous things for us like walking, talking, sensing, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, breathing , etc. without us ever having to think about it. According to Deepak Choprah “the human body consists of approximately one hundred trillion cells, about one thousand cells for every bright star in the Milky Way. In addition to doing its specific job in the body, each cell does a few million things per second just to keep functioning: creating proteins, adjusting the permeability of its membrane, and processing nutrients, to name just a few. Each cell also has to know what every other cell is doing otherwise your body would fall apart.” The Human Body is a treasure trove of mysteries — one that still confounds doctors and scientists about the details of its working. It’s not an overstatement to say that every part of your body is a miracle. In what follows, I will introduce a few tips that I have been using myself and with my clients, that will help you establish a more positive relationship with your body. I hope you will find them helpful.
What You'll Need
- For part 2 of the tip you need a shower and body lotion
What You'll Do
- Appreciation Practice: In the morning when you wake up, still lying in bed, scan your body. Start by bringing your attention briefly to your feet, followed by your ankles, shin bones, knees, thighs, buttocks, pelvis, lower back, middle back, upper back, belly, chest area, throat, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, throat, face, ears and head. As you acknowledge each body part silently in your own mind say thank you for being healthy and without pain and acknowledge the amazing job it is doing for you all day. If there are body parts that are in pain, acknowledge them and be tender and compassionate with yourself. Repeat this process on a regular basis.
- Mindful Morning Bathroom Routine: Taking a shower, really feel the water running down your body, and smell the soap. As you are applying your body lotion, be really attentive to your body and try to apply as much care and tenderness to yourself as you can.
- Be Mindful Of Your Language: Instead of pointing out the things you do not like about yourself, me mindful of your language and focus on the body parts that you like and compliment yourself for them.
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