The body isn’t everything, but personal transformation happens through the body, not away from it. Here are five body positive mantras to help you transform negative chatter into positive fuel for a good life.
“Life is but the expression of spirit through matter. To make life manifest requires the union of spirit and body.” – D. D. Palmer, founder of chiropractic
You’re more than just biology. You’re more than what the eye can see, yet whatever it is that manifested you into physical form didn’t do so on accident. Whatever source of energy you came from brought you here on purpose, and your purpose here probably isn’t to bring yourself down.
You know how I know you’re supposed to be here, exactly as you are, experiencing this? Because you’re here, as you are, experiencing this.
Sure, negative self-talk might motivate you for a little while, but it’s short-sighted motivation. It doesn’t work in the long run because it ultimately brings you down. Self-talk that stems from a loving place, however, lights you up, lifts you up, and supports lasting change.
A 2015 study found that higher self-esteem was associated with less depression, better relationships, more job satisfaction, and improved longevity.
Bring your negative, unconscious thought patterns out into the open with these body positive mantras. Though it may be hard to persevere with this practice–stuff you may not want to deal with might bubble up to the surface–you were designed to persevere.
If it’s hard to say anything nice to yourself about yourself, practice. You’ll adapt to this new way of being with yourself, of being in the world, with time and consistency. All your life experiences, now tinged with compassion, will be lifted higher in response.
5 Body Positive Mantras to Keep the Love Flowing
1. My body is an instrument of love.
How might it feel to forgive yourself for seeing your body as anything other than a channel for love to enter the world?
Forgiveness entails the honest willingness to love all the parts of yourself a little more, seeing your body as a vehicle of love and joy rather than an object of shame or pride. Realizing you’re more than a body–you’re the energy that gives the body life–might help you see your body as a tool for bringing light to the world.
Each experience you encounter is made darker or lighter by your presence. Your body is either an instrument of love or fear, compassion or cruelty, creation or destruction. You choose how you walk in the world.
2. My body loves me.
Our bodies are built to run efficiently, to support us, to heal from the wounds inflicted upon them, to compensate for injuries, and to function as good as possible through every up and down. Your body doesn’t hate you, it’s not stupid, and it’s not a failure. It is always working its best.
Your body is capable of doing so many wonderful things, and it’s doing them right now as you read this. It’s amazing, and it certainly is a miracle, though one we take for granted more often than necessary.
The mind can heal the body, but the body cannot heal the mind. This means that we can use our minds to design a healing environment for the body to dwell in, or a damaging one. How can we realistically expect the body to respond lovingly to unloving signals, or positively to negativity?
Respect the amazing things your body is capable of, and honor that it’s “listening” to what you’re telling it. Small positive shifts in a more loving direction will change your life.
3. Beauty is in how I live.
It’s that wonderful state in which we dwell that brings beauty into the world. How you do things is the paintbrush that colors what you do, and what your reality looks like. Will you paint with fear, or with love; with pain, or with hope; with worry, or with joy?
The object of life isn’t to make beautiful things, but to dwell in that space that makes beauty inevitable.
Beauty is an experience that is only truly felt on the inside, because that’s where it arises. You don’t need a mirror to tell you how beautiful you are; you are the mirror for the beauty within.
4. I am strong in the energy of love.
Like a port and its ships, you can harbor positive or negative thoughts–you get to choose what you welcome into the harbor and what you turn away. You get to discern truth from falsehoods, exaggerations from plain facts, thoughts from identification; you decide what you believe in and identify with.
Not all thoughts are true, helpful, or accurately reflect who you are.
Your mental space can be your sacred place; you just need to cultivate it by practicing things like positive thinking, opting for loving thoughts, and choosing peace instead of war. Your body can be a safe refuge for loving intentions; practice turning away the “hostile ships” when they attempt to sail into the harbor.
When love is the current of your life, it underlies and shapes the landscape of your reality. This means that it becomes unnatural for you to treat your body with anything other than respect, care, and gratitude. Stay the course of love, and body positive behavior will be natural.
5. Self-love supports a loving world.
Work out because you love your body, not because you hate it. Eat healthy because you’re nourishing your body, not punishing it. Like Wayne Dyer once said, “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
How can you support a loving world today? If you change the way you see your body, could your body begin to harness a different kind of energy? Can you become a catalyst for positive change in the world you inhabit?
Please share your thoughts, healing insights, favorite body positive mantras or self-love practices, and any inspiring stories of personal transformation with me in the comments.
Share these body positive mantras with someone you care about.
Loving people live in a loving world.