We must love and have compassion for ourselves in order to be the truest version of ourselves.
Someone very special to me recently told me that she has to loathe herself into making a change. It is the self hate for her body that fuels her drive to chose healthier options and exercise. That broke my heart. To imagine her filled with self hate brought me to tears. I love her, why can’t she see that?
I have spent years reprogramming the messages in my head to be ones of contentment, wonder and love. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have the moments where I wish my skin was clearer, my hair fuller or my stomach flatter. But when that happens I consciously stop that train of thought and instead thank my body for being the incredible vessel that it is and focus on the things I always love about myself. I love my eyes and while my stomach has never been flat, it was the home of my precious baby and I am beyond grateful and in absolute awe of that achievement every day.
It is because of my love and compassion for myself that I respect my body and make healthier choices. I want to thank my body for the incredible things she allows me to do and so I fuel her with good food, gentle exercise, nourishing thoughts and I support all of that with my essential oils.
My mentor said to me the other day, “you have a mind but you are not your mind” meaning you have a brain and thoughts but you are not those thoughts. You can control your mind track and choose your internal message with conscious thought.
I feel the same about my body. I have a body and yet she feels almost seperate to me as well. She is ancient and wise and far more powerful than I used to give her credit for. But not anymore. I see her, I see me. I choose love and compassion for both of us. No one can reach their full potential when they are told they are worthless, ugly, disgusting and constantly surrounded by a toxic environment. I believe our bodies are the same. When we fill her with toxic thoughts and loathing, is it any wonder she is unhealthy? Instead tell her wonderful things, thank her and be grateful. Look after her and nourish her….then watch her transform!
Be Gentle, Live Gentle, Raise Gentle