What energy do you feel when you look in the mirror? The kind of energy where your eyes light up from the bright reflection, or the energy where you wish your mirror was dull to blurr the image? Either way looking at yourself holds significance in the self love recipe.
I went to the gym because I'm trying this new affirmation, "I love myself too much to not strive to reach my goals." (In other words, "I'd rather stay home, but I need to practice healthy decipline in order to reach my goals). My hair was in a messy ponytail, socks weren't matching, and my shoes weren't giving young, sexy althlete, but I headed to the gym. Started off with the usual... two miles on the treadmill. Thirty minutes later, I did a few strength exercizes, but got lost in what I wanted to work on, so I left. In the midst of my workout, I notice everyone in their cute gym outfits, lifting weights, and looking super fit. Of course, all the guys decided to be young and fine the day I cared less about appearance. As you can imagine, the thoughts racing aound my brain were full of insecurity and negative self-talk. My entire energy shifted from enthusiasm about the gym to inadequacy. I left saying, " The next time I go to the gym, I'm going confidently."
This energy was unacceptable because it kept me from seeing the positives of the situation. First, I went to the gym in the first place. Ran two miles. Did some strength training. Drank water. Cranked music. There were plenty of good thoughts to ponder instead of unnecessarily comparing and judging myself.
Story time is over. Taking care of your body is just as important as taking care of your body image. I went to the gym to care for my health, yet lost my initial purpose in draining insecurities. Without those insecurities I could have had a more enjoyable experience that didn't mock the initial intentions. Even if you are not where you'd like to be with your body, getting to where you want to be doesn't need to be motivated by unhealthy self-image. Your body is a home to a lovely soul therefore speaking love into it is just as important as the way you speak love into others. Why exclude yourself from the equation? You are enough just as everyone else is.
Pour loving words into your temple, water your eyes with a glowing perception of you. Try saying, "I love my arms, so I will tone them to emphasize their beauty," or, "I love my legs therefore I will try to run more to emphasize their strength." See how changing the way you speak to yourself makes the intentions of working on your body more enjoyable than saying, "I hate my legs, I need to change them." Healthy self love is identifying weaknesses and strengths to ignite unconditional self love within which paves a smoother route to reaching your aspirations.
Now, I challenge you to try, again. Look in the mirror, and analyze the energy that you feel. Try to challenge the energy with healthy self-talk. Remember you are beautiful just the way you are.
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