Are there things about your body that you’d like to be different? Have you tried all kinds of things to create change, but none of them seem to work the way you want? Perhaps what your body is really asking for is kindness.
What if simply being kind to your body could contribute more to it than you ever imagined? Our bodies generously give us so much. How much could our lives change if we started being kinder to our bodies?
Here are 3 easy ways you can offer kindness to your body to create the possibility for dynamic change:
1. Ask your body questions.
Most of us weren’t taught to talk to our bodies — other than impelling them with judgments — yet this is one of the easiest and kindest things we can do for them! Asking your body questions can be as simple as, “Body, do you desire to go for a walk?” The response you get will be energetic, but you’ll know. You could also ask, “Do you require some food?” Or, “Body, what would be fun for you to do today?” By asking questions, we become more aware of what our bodies actually require from us, which might be quite different than what you thought. When we give our bodies what they actually desire, instead of what we’ve projected at them, we offer a level of kindness that creates the space required for change.
2. Have gratitude and receive.
Have you ever paused to really thank your body for all that it is and all that it contributes to you? Being grateful is this magical choice we can make that truly allows things to change. With gratitude, there is no space for judgment; it literally can’t exist at the same time. So when we choose to be grateful, even for the things we have judged the most about our bodies, it stops the incessant flow of negative judgment and allows for a different possibility.
3. Be willing to be weird enough to actually enjoy your body.
Can being weird be a kindness? Look around, how many people do you know that actually enjoy their bodies? Over 7 billion of us and virtually everyone over the age of 10 rarely enjoys this incredible gift they’ve been given. Choosing to enjoy your body again is incredibly kind. It’s not a common choice, but are you willing to be that weird? You have an amazing body, an incredible gift. When we honor the capacities of our bodies, listening to what they have to say, and inviting the joy we once had with them to be part of our lives again, we offer them a tremendous level of kindness. Practice these 3 steps every day and be prepared to be surprised at the change that’s possible.
P.S. For the full article in Best Self Magazine with even more tips, please go here.