To release excess weight and create a healthy, vibrant body, you need a foundation of unconditional self-love. This is so because every cell in our body holds the energy of our thoughts and emotions. Our bodies are then “shaped” by the energy of our cells.
You cannot create health within a body that is filled with the toxic energies of self-contempt. It is almost as if excess weight fastens itself tightly to your body in the same way you hold tightly onto shame-based and guilt-ridden thoughts. By releasing this negativity you allow your body to receive wellness.
A self-forgiving state of mind purifies and cleans those negative energies. Only then will your body accept the changes you are making. Begin to develop the spiritual habit of self-forgiveness and you will surely notice significant changes in your physical health and in your ability to no longer use food for comfort.
We all do the best we can with the level of awareness that we have. Here’s a process to help you expand your awareness and open to the healing power of self-forgiveness:
1. Be Willing to Forgive Yourself
Self-forgiveness starts with a willingness to release guilt, shame and self-hatred. Open the space for this healing energy to enter your mind and body by setting the intention to do so.
Simply say to yourself right now: “I want to forgive myself.”
Additionally, write these words down on paper:
“I want to forgive myself. I want to love myself fully and treat myself with loving kindness.”
This may seem like a very simple process. It is. Don’t equate simple with ineffective. A sincere and deliberate intention to stop berating yourself, and to forgive yourself when you do, will help you take charge of your life, feel less like a victim, and stop the cycle of emotional eating.
2. Wrap Your Negative Thoughts in Love
We all fall into old patterns. When you slip in your weight release program and you berate yourself with unkind words, turn to your heart for comfort.
For instance, instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts and feelings, remind yourself you can stop. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Then, focus your attention on your heart and at the same time think of someone you love, or a beautiful memory. You most likely will feel calmer. Then, say this affirmation to yourself or out loud while keeping your attention on your heart:
“I release these thoughts and feelings (or shame and guilt, etc.) into the arms of Divine Love and I open to loving and forgiving myself.”
Directing your attention to your heart infuses your words with calming, heart-based energy. It is as if you are wrapping your self-contempt within a blanket of love.
3. Practice This Energy Healing Exercise
Become quiet. Place your hand on your heart. Feel your heart beat. Now, while massaging your heart with your hand, say to yourself:
“I totally and completely love and accept myself with all my problems and all my limitations.”
Feel into this process. Repeat several times daily.
This exercise helps you connect with the loving energy of your heart. Your heart doesn’t judge you for overeating or for talking harshly to yourself. It beats anyway. Know that you are loved by the Divine energy within it.
Practice the above steps and you will begin to create a positive inner shift. Consistency is important. Be patient and have faith. Over time you will notice that the love you give to yourself on the inside will be reflected on the outside.