Being overweight my whole adult life has taught me allot about self-acceptance.
My weight has been teaching me so much about life and self-love and I have no doubt what so ever when the lessons I need are finished I will release the extra weight. A long time ago I stopped trying to lose weight for every time I lose anything I always end up finding it again! 🙂
My journey has been about living more fully in my body, learning to listen, movement and be present to the food I eat. Years ago I learned for me it is not about weighing, measuring, counting calories, or jumping on the scale everyday. The weight I have managed to keep off has come only through being more present to my body and life as a whole.
I still have dark holes I fall into at times where I fall into old patterns of unconscious eating but here too I have learned these are only more lessons to learn. When I finally release my extra weight I will be no longer be in the “learning” but in the “knowing”. I feel graduation is near! 🙂 Then I will be in a place where I can focus on learning other lessons that I need to integrate. Life is a school. Sometimes I have had to re-earn my degrees but eventually I manage to graduate and then go onto the next course.
My message is the same, big or small; we all have shadows that we need to love and integrate and in that eventually creates self-acceptance for all of us. I know this to be true for me, the more I love and accept myself the more I have been able to love and accept others. Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder. Let us all behold a more loving society that no longer uses words to break each other’s spirits.
The next time you have a negative thought creep in about your body or someone else’s…in that moment take a breath and remember these thoughts are only what our collective society has cultivated and they are only just that, thoughts. Maybe you can be courageous enough to do your part by loving all of who you are, the light and the dark and then together we will reflect and kinder gentler world where we are all healthier, body, mind and spirit!
Pay extra attention today about what your thoughts are about yourself and others. If negative things pop in, simply observe them, then take a deep breath and let it go. Let go and let God. Surrender is the wind beneath our wings