Love Your Body Right Now

 

Your body is your home. It is the place your spirit dwells in this mortal existence. It is where you will spend everyday of your entire life! Why are some of us, many of us actually, so unhappy in our own bodies? Remember when you were a little kid and you loved your body? What happened? It’s the same body. Somewhere along the way a war was waged…and I am willing to bet you fired the first shot. I am also fairly sure you can’t even remember why. 

If you are fortunate, your body is healthy and it does everything you ask of it. Literally all day, everyday, it meets your demands. Amazingly, it even creates life! Our bodies also do things we don’t ask it to do. The heart beats, the lungs breathe, the stomach digests food, the brain functions, hair grows, cells regenerate, and the immune system defends us diligently without any thought on our part. 

Like a selfless friend our bodies serve us daily and like a selfish unkind friend many of us don’t appreciate what we have. In fact, many of us abuse our bodies with poor nutrition, lack of sleep, over exercise, or the opposite, a sedentary lifestyle. But that’s nothing compared the the verbal abuse! We hurl insults at our bodies, criticizing, whining and complaining about their perceived ‘flaws’. I know because I spent my teens hating my thighs and my butt (oh to go back in time!) and my 20’s pregnant and nursing six babies with my weight in constant flux. In my 30’s I was happy with my body but not my breasts. In my 40’s I became a little fearful of aging and searched for (and therefore found) more ‘flaws’. BUT in my 50’s something fabulous happened…

I became grateful.

Really grateful, not that kind of grateful where I said “I am so grateful” but in the next breath complained about my love handles. I mean really grateful. Grateful enough to use italics when I typed ‘really’. And grateful enough that complaining about anything regarding my body seemed…well, ungrateful! And with gratitude came love and acceptance. I love my body. Not because it’s perfect by the world’s standards but because so far it has  served and treated me well. Looking back, all those years of dissatisfaction seem so incredibly pointless and silly. I could have spent those years being happier. 

The irony is, many of us spend our lives being unhappy with our bodies until something goes wrong with our health and suddenly we are repentant, devoted, promising our body we will be better, we will do better, we will be more attentive and kind. We spoil it, pamper it and lavish it with love, begging it to come back because we are so, so sorry.

Love your body today.

So My Message Is This:

Learning to love your body doesn’t have to be a 53 year process. Admittedly, I was a little slow. You can love your body today. Right now, as is! Nothing has to change about your body for you to love it, because the fact is there is nothing wrong with your body.

Your Body is Not The Enemy: Your Mind Is

Here is a  favorite quote from the book Starve a Bully, Feed a Champion: “Your body is totally innocent, completely neutral. It merely responds to the story you tell about it.” YES! If you remove ego from your thoughts about your body and become less attached to how it looks and more concerned with it’s true purpose, life becomes a little sweeter. Once you accept the body for what it is, a glorious but temporary shelter for your spirit and the vehicle by which you serve others, you make peace with it and don’t fear the changes as much.

Your body is a loaner. Treat it well. It is your home. It is the place you dwell. Fill it with beauty and love, like you would a house. When you are filled with gratitude and love it will emanate from you everywhere you go, and that is true beauty.

Practice Gratitude:

Every morning thank your body for it’s service. Instead of hurling insults praise it for all the good it does, it can hear you you know! Gratitude is a powerful thing. It can change your perception, and perception after all is your reality! When you are truly grateful for your body you will love your body. When you love your body, you are more likely to treat it well with good food, rest and the proper amount of exercise and in return it will reward you with improved health and wellness. Hating your body doesn’t change it, loving it does. If you truly need to change something, change it because you love yourself enough to change it.

Treat your body the way you would a good friend:

Treat your body with love, compassion, kindness, patience and honesty. If your best and most devoted lifelong friend were telling you how hard he/she worked this week and how exhausted they were, would you say “Well you better go to the gym and take a really challenging spin class!” or would you say “Go home, soak in a hot bath and go to sleep early”? Exactly. 

Speak kindly about your body. Think kindly about your body. Treat your body well. It is like a loyal dog. No matter how long you have neglected it, it will be happy and forgiving when you stop. It believes everything you say and is waiting for your attention and praise and when you give it, it will respond positively. Nourish it, love it, praise it, and give it a good belly rub once in a while. 

Don’t Waste a Minute on Self Loathing: Call a Truce Today

Yep, your body is a loaner. Eventually we all lay it down. And unless you live to be 100 years old, chances are when the time comes you will think it’s too soon. You will beg your body to hold on just a bit longer and you won’t give a thought to your size or your thighs. Love your body now. Love yourself now. Be grateful now. Because now is really all you have. Life unfolds in the present, don’t waste a second.

~ Linda Spiker

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36 thoughts on “Love Your Body Right Now

  1. Very true, Linda!! I’m pretty fortunate that for the most part I’ve taken of my body so I’ve never”loathed” it. Now that I’m in my last year of my forty’s I’m having to adjust to that change….. go with the flow I say…
    I may be a little slower, can’t eat everything anymore but still ok with it al! 🙂
    Julie

  2. I love this, Linda. You’re so right – we all have so much to be thankful for with regard to our bodies. I regret the years I wasted on self-loathing and abusing my body in order to achieve unnatural physical goals.You’re wise words are such encouragement to those of us in earlier stages of life to choose gratitude NOW! 🙂

  3. I love this post! It actually made me want to write my own version, looking at where I’ve come from and where I am now. Saggy boobs after nursing was a big transition for me, lol. And then not being able to exercise with health problems and seeing cellulite! on my body. I am so happy and thankful now; but there were surely some transitions in there… Shared this on FB today! <3

  4. Thank you so much for this. I read your words just moments before leaving the house to teach a yoga class. I shared and paraphrased some of your ideas and concepts at the beginning of our practice. Much gratitude for this inspiration!

  5. This is so true! SO many people I know “skinny-shame” me and it is so frustrating. Just because I am fit and healthy and don’t eat processed junk….ho hum. Sometimes I would wonder if I really did look too thin, but no. I’m perfect the way I am! Thanks for the great article <3

  6. Thank you for this! Even during my pregnancies or most of my 20’s, I loved my body.. but once I hit 30, things just seemed to change. I really need to keep this in mind though and get a shift in attitude.

  7. My mom always told me, “your body is a your shrine.” I think she meant it in a different way, but today I choose to love my body the way it is. Great post!

  8. Love this.

    The irony is, many of us spend our lives being unhappy with our bodies until something goes wrong with our health and suddenly we are the repentant, devoted lover, promising our body we will be better, more attentive and kinder. We spoil it, pamper it and lavish it with love, begging it to come back because we are so, so sorry.

    That part is oh so true! We punish our bodies, but then want them back when we get hurt!

    This was beautiful – I needed to hear this now as I have been struggling with my own – self imposed issues.

    Thank you so much.

    Beautiful!
    xo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

  9. I love love love this! This is true we take our body for granted. Dumping junk into it, depriving it of physical activity and then we wonder why we get sick. We need to treat our body like a VIP. I am so grateful for the health and body I have. My mom who battled cancer told me “Don’t take your health for granted. Treat your body well and feed it well. You only get one body and one health, it can be taken away from you in an instance.” Keep loving your body girl! Thanks for this beautiful post. <3

  10. I totally love this! It really is in our heads. Your tips are so perfect. I love practicing gratitude and treating your body like a great friend. Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. So wonderfully written and what a great reminder of little things I can practice daily. In my late 40s I notice my body changing and I’m definitely starting to tell a different story about it. Time to fix that! Thank you!

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