If you’re upset with your body, it may be frustrating to hear you need to “love” and “accept” it. You may believe you’ll never stop feeling angry and ashamed.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can release this struggle and transform your relationship with your body into a loving, respectful partnership. Here are four practices to help you do that.
1. Acknowledge Your Feelings Without Self-Blame
If you “hate” your body or if you are “ashamed” of your body, just accept, without judgement, that this is how you feel today. Be gentle with yourself. Tell yourself, “It’s OK that I feel this way. But I don’t have to act on these feelings.” Remind yourself that just because you have felt this way for a long time doesn’t mean you’re destined to feel this way in the future. When you allow yourself the space to simply honor your feelings, and not punish yourself for how you feel, you actually become open to releasing them.
2. Ask Your Body What it Needs From You
Your body always guides you to your highest good when you take the time to listen. Communicate with your body on a daily basis. Simply start by asking your body, “What do you need from me today?” Trust the intuitive guidance you receive. Even if you don’t hear anything right away, keep asking. Over time, you will begin to hear the whispers of your body’s wisdom guiding you to take good care of yourself. Your relationship with your body deepens as you feel this connection.
3. Allow Yourself to Forgive
All forms of forgiveness are powerful. Forgiving others, and forgiving yourself, purifies your mind and body with loving energy. This helps you to more easily love and accept your body because you become a more loving and accepting person. Release anger and resentment you harbor towards others. Forgive yourself for slips you make with your weight release plan. When you have neglected your body, simply apologize to your body and let it go. When no longer “weighed down” by self-blame and resentment towards others, releasing excess weight from your body becomes easier.
4. Thank Your Body Daily
Regularly thank your body for all it does for you. Appreciation and gratitude is uplifting to your spirit. Your relationship with your body will deepen when you take the time to give daily thanks. Don’t we all feel appreciated when thanked for what we do for others? It’s the same with your body. Honor your body by simply saying “thank you.” The more you thank your body for all it does for you, the more you will experience a loving energy in your relationship.