“Loving ourselves first is not a selfish act; it is a necessity and one that everyone close and far to you will benefit from.” ~ SJP
To be happy and comfortable within our own body is one of the most recurring struggles women battle with through our lifetime. We think by just losing weight, a flatter tummy, that summer tan, or a perky booty we will feel content, happy, complete and more accepting of our body. Whether we are seeking out-ward fulfillments or self-acceptance, given time this will amount to a ‘not-enough’ mentality and a wanting for something more or better. Because in truth, where the core of self-acceptance and love resides, is and always has been within our own self voyage.
What would it take for you to wake up and love your body?
What would it take for you to stop and listen to what your body really needs from you?
I often reflect and think of these types of questions and recently I decided to journal a few of my own answers that I would like to share with you.
It would take time
It would take space and stillness each and every day
It would take a conscious effort
It would take gratitude
It would take mantras and affirmations
It would take exhaustion and a deep wanting to feel at ease
It would take gentle movement and meditation
It would take feeling that there is another way than forcing and exhausting my body
It would take acts of self-care and reflection
We often move with so much harshness, force and mindlessness and perhaps by asking ourselves these questions we can begin to cultivate a newfound appreciation and love for the wonder and beauty of our own unique body. This should spark action steps for you to move towards loving and honouring your body, listening to it and being kind and gentle with it.
Make these answers clearly known to yourself—grab your journal and sit somewhere quiet and answer these two questions. You may already be happy with the amount of love and honour you have for your body and that’s bloody brilliant—perhaps you could just take some time to sit in gratitude of this.
This growing care, honour and love for your body will allow you to sink deeper into your heart space and hear the whispers of your intuition and what your body requires from you.
Remember lovely, we all have a choice of how we wish to feel about ourselves, and if trying to change yourself outwardly hasn’t made you ‘happy’, then I encourage you to go within, be honest with yourself and seek in your heart what it would take to accept and love the body you are in.
PS: Remember to be patient, kind and attentive to your body’s needs, lovely. Feel free to share in the comments below how you have found the process of asking yourself these questions.