Your friend is your needs answered. -Kahlil Gibran
Loving your body is not something that happens instantly. It is a process that we choose to engage in daily. It is a relationship that we nurture. And, like any relationship, it is not always perfect. And that's ok.
If you are feeling discouraged by the thought of finding love for your body and showing love to your body, try shifting your approach. What if it didn't have to be love at first sight? What if you started out as friends? What if, like any budding friendship, you took some time to get to know your body, with curiosity and delight? What if you looked forward to spending quality time with your body? What if you listened to your body, in a kind and judge-free manner, like you would to a friend? What if you said compassionate and encouraging things back? What if you were honest with your friend if you thought she was doing something harmful to herself, but instead of berating and belittling her, you said, "maybe there's another way."?
When I think of a good friend, I think of someone who is honest, someone who appreciates me for who I am, someone who listens, someone who can be both serious and fun, someone who is on my side. Your body is on your side. It wants the best for you. If it was a person, it would most definitely want to be your friend. So why not try it out?
Try-it-Tuesday Weekly Wisdom invitation:
For a few minutes, literally engage in a conversation with your body. Ask it questions, like, "What do you want me to know today?", "What makes you feel good/comfortable/capable?" "What are you struggling with and how can I help?" And then listen. Your body is always trying to communicate with you, whether you are listening or not. It is inherently wise and it will guide you towards wholeness.
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