The power of positive thinking, loving my body, finding my inner beauty… these are concepts that I know very well. Coming to a space of peace with myself and with my body has been my journey for much of my life, and I can now genuinely say that I DO love my body, and I AM beautiful. It has not always been this way. I struggled with both depression and an eating disorder off and on for over a decade.
I believe in the power of positive thinking, no doubts. There is a quote from Buddha that sums it up really well for me, “The thought manifests as the word, The word manifests as the deed, The deed manifests as the habit, The habit hardens into character. So, watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.” This last line is the tricky part. It is so easy to apply these concepts to others, but how often do we apply them to ourselves? I am and you are included in all beings.
One of the cutest way I saw someone approach the idea of extending love to herself was an idea of my sister’s. She was tired of listening to all the women in her office complain about various aspects of their body, so she challenged them all to write a love letter to their most disdained body part. Hers was her thighs. Her letter started out with something like, “Dearest thighs, you have always rubbed together…”. It went on to sing praises to those kissing thighs that allowed her to climb mountains, dance and birth her daughter (she now has three). She read it to me over the phone and we were in tears of laughter. It was a sweet, honest love letter, and she has told me since then that it shifted the way she thinks and speaks about her body. My sister is so wise.
I rejected my body for years, and I have since apologized to myself for that. My body is a dear companion who has seen me through EVERYTHING. It is a perfect reflection of my thoughts, my actions and my journey. My arms are strong, my bum jiggles, my thighs have stretch marks, my breasts sag a little, I have smile lines near my eyes and stress lines across my forehead. My body is perfect. My body is me.
The change in my thinking all started with the love letter, and then through the studies I have done throughout my life. Did you know that our atoms actually respond to our thinking? Yep, this is documented. The smallest particles that make up our bodies respond to our thinking. Another thing to consider is, every minute your body is making new cells, new particles. Would you like to create those in the strength and tenderness of love. I would.
I have a daughter now. She is five. She is beautiful inside and out. She has told me on many occasions that she loves herself and she loves her body. I never want her to feel any different. I deserve the same love and respect, and I never want to feel any different.
The thoughts manifest as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed manifests as the habit. The habit hardens into character. So, watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings. I now know that the way I think about myself, my body, my inner beauty is absolutely influential to how I experience each day and my life as a whole. I have experienced it in myself and in my life, and others see it in me. What I think manifests as who I am.
Your thoughts are powerful, your body is powerful, you are powerful. Think loving, beautiful thoughts about yourself. Take loving, beautiful actions toward and for yourself. Make this a habit. Make it your character. You deserve it.
– Anonymous Author