I recently discovered an exercise that has had great benefits for me. It has helped me to embrace and love my body and who I am to a greater extent. Here is the process:
First, I get really comfortable. This may be sitting in a big cozy chair, laying down flat or whatever is most comfortable.
Then I close my eyes.
I start with my feet and allow myself to be aware of them, feel them, and focus on them.
As I am focusing, I actually have a conversation in my mind with my feet. I thank them for serving my body so well, and tell them how much I love them.
When I am finished, I move up the line to my ankles, legs, knees, etc. until I have had a conversation with each part of my body. I can include as many body parts as I want. It is sometimes great to even include internal body parts, if I feel so directed.
Sometimes, I get to a body part, start to express gratitude and love, and then feel like I am expressing something that is not true. When that happens I look inward. What am I feeling toward this body part? Why am I feeling that way or what happened to cause me to experience that emotion? I really dig deep to unearth everything. Then I frame statements to change the emotion, experience, or belief. For example: When I went through this exercise, everything was going well until I got to my thighs. I could not bring myself to express gratitude or love for them. I focused inward and I pictured myself around 5th or 6th grade sitting in an assembly at school, looking down, and seeing my thighs pressed against the chair and judging them as fat. I even remember looking at the person next to me and comparing my shorter, stockier thighs to their longer, thinner ones. Remembering this experience helped me to reframe my feelings with the following statements: “My thighs are perfect for my body. I love my thighs. My thighs serve my body.” Then I took a deep breath in and imagined these statements taking the place of that negative experience. As I breathed out, I imagined the negative experience and all attached emotions leaving me. I was then able to continue with the exercise.
This exercise can be repeated again and again and each time I may find something new that my body wants to get rid of.
Are there any exercises you have done that have helped you to love yourself more? I would love to hear what has worked for you.
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” -Rachel Carson
For the past several months, I have been doing certain things in my business the hard way. I have a website that allows me to make landing pages and I haven’t been using it because I couldn’t figure out how to get into my website! Instead, I have chosen to ignore the problem and do things the hard way, missing leads that could have been helpful for me. I finally decided to call the domain host to figure out the issue. It turned out to be a super simple issue and I was reminded that it’s so worth it to get help when we need it instead of ignoring the problem. There is always someone who can help us when we get stuck, but they can only help if we ask!
Is there something in your life that you have been ignoring and dealing with the hard way simply because you haven’t asked?
The whole month of March, I will be blogging about awareness. The first step in getting unstuck is awareness. Awareness is two-fold. First, we need the awareness that there is an issue in the first place. The second step is becoming aware of the root of the problem. Once we have these awarenesses, the solution is usually pretty simple. It usually requires help though and it’s easy to stay stuck simply because we want to be independent and figure things out ourselves. I am here to tell you there is a much better way. I was reminded of it again today!
I keep learning at deeper and deeper levels that we are meant to serve and help each other! That is why we are blessed with unique gifts and talents. My gift that I have been blessed with is the ability to help people diagnose spiritual, mental, and emotional issues that are keeping people stuck in their lives. Sometimes these things are even the root cause of physical issues. It’s exciting when a client tells me they have had something in their body clear up because of the work we’ve done.
What are the problems that you help people solve? We are all in this together!