By Kat Gal
I have 4 questions for you:
- What does working on your body mean to you?
- What does loving your body mean?
- What does respecting your body mean?
- What does caring for your body mean?
Take a moment to think about these.
Do these 4 things – working on, loving, respecting and caring for your body – mean the same thing or do they complement each other? Are they all necessary? How do they look like in action? What else does you body need from you?
These are question that you may want to journal about or dedicate a meditation to in order to dig deep and understand your feelings about your body and your relationship with it.
Often you hear other women – or perhaps even yourself – saying that they are working on their bodies or want to work on them. When people say they need to ‘work on’ their bodies, they are likely referring to the need to work out, lose weight, or perhaps to eat healthier.
But how does ‘working on your body’ truly feel?
It may feel like a chore. It sounds like a huge pressure, rather than a gentle and loving action. It sounds like there is something wrong with you and that you must correct it immediately.
The truth is though, there is NOTHING in the world wrong with you. You may not be in the best shape of your life. You may have some extra pounds on your body. You may be dealing with chronic pain or physical illnesses. But you are still beautiful and amazing the way you are!
You don’t need to work on you or your body.
You need to start caring for it instead!
Caring for your body feels and sounds much more loving.
Eating the right foods (organic, whole foods, natural stuff!), exercising the right amount (not too much, not too little), stretching, practicing self-care (dry-brushing, oil pulling, etc.), taking your probiotics and vitamins, or whatever else you do to ensure a healthy body are loving and caring actions.
It’s not work. Caring for your body is natural and kind. It is also a way to show respect for your body; when you respect yourself, you love who you are in the moment n every step of the way and take care of it in a caring way.
Caring for your body, loving your body and respecting your body are all essential.
Loving your body comes from your soul. It is a deep rooted feeling that absolutely cannot be questioned. It is simply and naturally right.
Respecting your body comes automatically from loving it. However, while loving your body is a feeling, respecting it is a decision.
Caring for your body is the action (or rather, series of actions) you take to express and show your love and respect for your body. The same way you show your love and respect to your loved ones through your actions, you show your love and respect for your body through caring actions as well.
These principles are true not only for you body, but for your entire being – your mind and your soul – as well. Your body is only a part of you, an essential base, but not all.
Loving, respecting and caring for your holistic self on a mind, body and soul level are all interconnected and are all essential.
This may not always be easy. It is a learning curve with ups and downs. It is a journey full of mistakes, forgiveness, falling, getting up and life lessons. It is not work, but a worthwhile and enjoyable journey. It is never about perfection, but is always about the loving intention, beautiful process and continuous progression.
While walking this journey, always listen to your heart. If you are coming from a place of love, there is absolutely no doubt that you are on the right path towards loving, respecting and caring for your entire being.
What does loving, caring for and taking care of yourself look like? Here are some tips:
- Eat organic, plant-based whole foods with plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans and whole grains. Drink green juice (or substitute with a green juice powder like Organifi) and green smoothies to ensure that you get plenty of greens in your diet.
- Take care of your gut. Eat fermented foods regularly and take probiotics daily.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Find a form of exercise you love. If you are new to exercising and have a health condition, talk to your doctor.
- Get out in nature. Walk barefoot. Hug a tree. Breathe in the fresh air. Play with animals. Go for a hike. Lay down in the grass and watch the clouds go by.
- Drink plenty of water: at least 8-10 8 oz glasses a day.
- Start dry-brushing to get your lymphatic system moving. Rebounding is also great for your lymphs.
- Get enough sleep. Turn off all electronics at least an hour before bedtime, dim the lights, relax and get at least 8 hours in every night.
- Meditate. Start slow. Even a minute of meditation counts. Remember, there are active forms of meditations as well, such as dance, walking meditation, or Osho, if you are not into the sitting stuff.
- Journal. Get those feelings out on paper. Write everything you are thinking out. Get to know yourself.
- Speak positively to and about yourself. Do mirror work: look into your eyes for 2-3 minutes and speak kindly about yourself.
- Practice gratitude. Be thankful for where you are, who you are, opportunities you have, people in your life and your experiences.
- Practice forgiveness. Don’t hold anger or grudges. Forgive those who have hurt you and forgive yourself for your mistakes. The past is the past.
- Be in the moment. The present is the only time you have. The past is gone and the future is still a mystery. In the present, everything is perfect. Take a deep breath and enjoy it.
Follow these tips and you will soon see powerful shifts in your life. Just remember, it is not a race, but rather a gentle, loving and beautiful process.
If you have any self-love or self-care tips, share them in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.
You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.
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