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Last week, I wrote about "choosing what to believe". This week, I’d like to put some extra focus on the “what” part of that sentence. When most people look in the mirror, they always find something they don’t like. They beat themselves up over what’s wrong with their bodies. On Monday morning, it’s the chunky thighs, on Tuesday, it’s the receding hairline. Thursday brings attention to those supposedly flabby arms and the weekend is dedicated to frown and laugh lines. It’s amazing that our bodies haven’t completely turned against us based on our self hate and low self esteem.
I love Katherine Woodward’s comparison of our habit of beating up our bodies to hurling daily insults at a loyal friend. Imagine calling up your best friend every day and telling him or her how ugly, fat, unfit, sick and miserable he/she is. Every-single-day. One day, that friend will eventually dump you and stop picking up the phone.
We often hear about being kind to others but kindness, much like love has to start at home—with yourself. Most people have self-loathed for so long that they don’t know anything else. Loving themselves doesn’t come easily and so they don’t even know where to start. When people give them compliments, they deflect by downplaying themselves. Women are most especially guilty of this. When someone says “you look great, ” you scream, “oh no, please, I look huge right now”. When you hear “I love your outfit,” all you can muster up is “this is so old” or “I didn’t have anything else to wear.” Is it really that hard to just say thank you?
Today, we’re going to try out a little exercise. I want you to pick up a mirror and read the entire paragraph below to yourself and at the end, I want you to pause, let it sink in, smile and utter the words THANK YOU.
You are amazing. You are beautiful. You are unfiltered joy and happiness that is not tied nor dependent on any outcome or circumstance. You are pure perfection. You are royalty. You are love. You are kind and compassionate. The world is better because you are in it. Your voice is important and your contribution to the world is priceless. Great things come to you and life unfolds beautifully for you. You are brilliant. You are exceptional. You are the manifestation of pure bliss. You are magnificent. Your present and future are so bright and absolutely nothing that is yours can be withheld from you. Everything you need is at your fingertips. Abundance flows easily and freely to you. When people see you, they see love and when you look in the mirror, you see the same. Simply put, you are AMAZING and you are COMPLETE. Nothing can add or take away from who you already are.
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