Own the body you have right now, just as it is. Without
relaxing into the body you currently occupy, life is filled with
dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Why? Because if we can’t truly love and accept
ourselves for who we are, then attempting to find external happiness, or
chasing a happiness that will occur once we have a “goal body”, is futile.
Occupying your body means living embodied. Living in your
body. So often we find that we’ve just existed, that we’ve filled our life with
distractions of diets or exercise regimens. When is the last time you just sat
with your body? When is the last time you looked in the mirror and spoke words
of kindness to yourself? Making the choice to occupy your body tells your body
that you are here, you are present. Choosing to occupy the body is a massive
step in healing your relationship with food and your body.
Acceptance is a celebration of living life in this very
moment, with the body that has gotten you this far! Acceptance is honoring your
past bodily incarnations, loving your current body, and sending gratitude to
your future self for all of the adventures you will take with that body.
Accept that you were put on this Earth to be more than a body. Accept life free from diets and restriction and shame. Accept it because you deserve it.
As we head into a new year, we may begin to think of new habits we’d like to begin or put into practice. It seems this time of year motivates me to look at my current habits and examine what I may want to cut down on, and what I may want to invest more time doing. I’ve reflected and realized that I’d like to cut down on my social media time and invest more time reading.
Years ago I began intentionally journaling more frequently in an attempt to help process thoughts and emotions. This eventually became a habit that I truly enjoy and I use journaling as a regular practice as well as a tool I utilize when I’m struggling with something in particular. I find that once I put pen to paper, my inner wisdom is able to come out and guide me in the direction I am supposed to go.
If you’re interested in starting a regular journaling practice it may seem overwhelming at first. Journaling does not have to be a taunting task- many times I simply start writing anything and everything that’s in my head. No judgments on what I’m writing is allowed- I simply write until I feel the desire to stop. However, if you would prefer some direction, here are some prompts to assist in starting some of your very own journaling entries!
I am grateful for…
I admire the following 3 people because…
My body taught me today….
I wish someone would tell me….
Lessons I’ve learned recently have been…
What I would like to say “no” to more…
What I would like to say “yes” to more…
If I could tell my younger self something, I would tell him/her….
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Do you have a regular journaling practice? I’d love to hear what strategies have worked for you!