Choose love as often as you can. Be willing to invite more love into your life by bringing more love to the thoughts you think, the words you speak, and the actions you take. This includes showing yourself some love, which entails loving your body as unconditionally as possible, without doubt or judgment or fear that it will foster anything but positive results.
“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.” – Salma Hayek
This is Part 2 of a two-part body-love series. The first five steps to loving your body encompassed:
- Validating your trespasses.
- Shifting your attention to your (ultimate) intention.
- Consciously choosing love.
- Contemplating your aims.
- Focusing on the good stuff.
5 (More) Steps to Loving Your Body
Your body is but an expression of who you really are. Your body does not define how you must experience your life; you define how you experience life in your body. Your body follows your lead, though we often get that part backwards. So, lead with love today in any way that you can. The rest will follow.
6. Seek support.
Be around people who get excited about your growth. This is especially important when you’re feeling very susceptible to the energy of other people–perhaps you’re not 100% peaceful inside or sure of yourself, and that’s okay. Do yourself a favor and surround yourself with genuine, positive, loving support.
Be aware of who listens and supports your forward movement regardless of the challenges this path may bring. Notice who understands your commitment to joy without projecting onto you their own insecurities or doubts. Your true supporters champion your growth without instilling the fear that you are leaving anything behind.
Surround yourself with those who continuously cheer you on your path to loving your body and loving yourself. These people don’t tempt you with their own self-defeating beliefs, but lift you up when you need it most.
7. Express gratitude daily.
Gratitude is a prerequisite to happiness, and to love. To be deeply grateful for the small victories will open our eyes to the magnificent abundance of blessings that we are equipped with every day to push us ever along the path of self-love.
Express gratitude for your own presence in your life. Contemplate how amazing it is to simply be alive in this physical form, for this phenomenon is precious, only lasting a short while. Are you willing then to consider how wonderful it is to sit, stand, walk, digest food, witness the color of the earth, and take in a deep breath?
Just the fact that you are reading this means you’re willing to be here for yourself, so that you can live a life you’re more deeply in love with, and that is a blessing in itself.
8. Practice forgiveness.
Forgiveness shall set you free, in all areas of your life. Through forgiveness will you gently dismantle the web of fear that your body has so long been trapped in. For the moment you become willing to forgive, you begin to return back to love. Your body is not on an opposing team, and once you recognize that you are united by love and separated only by fearful perception, you can relax into the truth that self-destruction is but an illusion.
Love is all that matters, and forgiveness is the gift of love.
9. Trust in the process of life.
Life has your back. Life is not against you, but it is absolutely for you. Sure, this may very well be only a perspective. Yet I’ve found that if I have the ability to select whichever perspective I most want to call my own, I’m opting for a positive perspective that the universe is always supporting my highest good.
When we learn to let go of our illusion of separation and our false ideas of perfection, we can begin to trust the process of life. We must constantly remind ourselves that we don’t know everything, and that what we think would be good for us may not actually be for the highest good of all. Get married to the mysteries of life, learn to love the unknown, and start loving your body because you’re a part of this process.
Loving your body means you’re willing to show up in your life with more presence, awareness, and compassion. It’s a symbol of your trust in life, because regardless of how things turn out or appear in physical form, you’re willing to accept your role in spreading more love and good in this earthly journey.
10. Celebrate each step.
Imagine your role here on Earth is to spread love in all its forms: kindness, happiness, hope, forgiveness, patience, mercy, connection, etc. To show your body the love it needs to thrive is to actively allow love to flow through you. When you make any small step to support this mission of love, celebrate it!
When you savor each good moment on your journey of self-love, you’re ensuring that you will continue along that path with more strength and more grace. You’re more likely to remember the good feelings associated with loving your body, and so you will be more likely to repeat the conditions that brought about those feelings.
You might also consider celebrating every day like it’s your birthday, because every single day is a celebration of your life, your growth, and your love.
- Which of these steps resonates with you?
- Are you willing to forgive yourself, to trust that life is supporting your highest good, and/or give thanks for what you do have?
- Who encourages you to be yourself and inspires you to be easy on yourself?
- What piece of your journey is worth celebrating today?
Please share your loving thoughts, intentions, lessons, experiences, and any body-positive inspiration with me in the comments.
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Keep loving. Keep thanking. Keep forgiving. Keep trusting. Keep trying.