I have just had a massive shift in my ideology.
It’s so true. You cant actually make shifts or changes until you actually have the realisation and revelation yourself. You can read thousands of opinions or pieces on a certain topic but until that switch flicks or that penny drops as they say the shift won’t happen.
I was speaking to a friend about body image, more specifically about self perception and being conscientious about your body.
I know I have hang ups and I’m sure I’m not in the minority. In the past I used to think “if I just do this or if I just do that then I’ll be happy” as they say though you never reach your destiny as there is always something more that you aim for. There is no end point. It is never “enough”
I had my revelation tonight. As I’ve said before, a lot of my insights aren’t new. People have said them but I have my spin or take on them.
Tonight my consciousness shifted. My new belief appeared before my eyes. I was doing some yoga to wind down and it popped, as those thoughts normally do into my brain.
A bit of self disclosure here which isn’t usual for me but it gives you the basis and understanding.
I’ve always had in my mind in relation to food, could be other areas but hey I’m not staying on the chaise for you guys to analyse me! I digress. Food feels good for a lot of people. I had the sub conscious thought that if I loved myself I gave and fed myself what I wanted. I deserved it, earned it, it’s a luxury and pleasure so enjoy.
Stopped in my tracks. Bended and twisted in the yoga pose the conversation with the friend ran through my mind. I only have one body I reflected. I’m going to enjoy this body. I’m going to stop putting it down and stop treating it poorly.
Man, I thought I had good body image! It appears not with these little nasties coming out from the darkness.
My reflection continued to the point that I realised this life changing thought:
“I love you (my body) enough to say no to the food and beverages I put into my body that aren’t helpful and that don’t help it work optimally. That don’t make me feel ill or out of sorts”
“I love you (my body) enough that I want to strengthen, condition and energise it with weights, core postures, yoga moves, running and aerobic activity.”
“I love you (my body) enough that I sleep more”
“I love you (my body) enough to speak well of it and praise it for the tremendous job it does for me every single day.”
Wow. I nearly fell out of the pose. That first one was a major one, the game changer. The others are affirmations of a journey I have already started with.
I’d had it all wrong!
I thought it was
“I love you (my body) and show you this when I reward you and give you life’s luxuries and treats; when I relax and don’t exert myself and basically just do whatever I wish”
That’s not love! How am I loving my body by fueling it with unhealthy substances and not doing anything beneficial for it? My love and reasons for giving love were misguided.
This is profound for me. As I said. I don’t normally share my personal reflections on here but it’s life changing. I can honestly feel a shift in my attitude and essence.
I hope it triggers something for you. That’s why I’m sharing. It doesn’t have to be food, it could be another way you are treating your body and believing you are “loving it” through reward. Do you love yourself enough to say no?
And so it continues. The love journey has many forms and lessons to learn.
Always evolving. Forever learning.