You’re too fat. You’re too skinny. Your hair is too short or too long. You’re beginning to get wrinkles. You’ve got cellulite. Your hair’s going grey. Your tits are sagging. Your man boobs are swelling. You look like a dag. On and on the ‘What’s Wrong With Me’ list goes.
We all get that feeling of not being good enough, and it’s a message that’s reinforced constantly by the media, and occasionally (if unintentionally) by our family and friends. The endless pressure to look good all the time can be exhausting.
We need to start loving our bodies, whatever shape or form they present themselves in. When we accept ourselves with unconditional love, we begin to see the world and others through different eyes – and we also begin to feel a little more relaxed about life in general.
One recent client told me she would have been too embarrassed to come for a session with me if she hadn’t lost quite a bit of weight. I was happy for her that she had – but disappointed to hear that her weight was a deciding factor. It doesn’t matter what size you are, we all need touch and love through body contact. So love the body you are in, right now. Tell your body that you love it, right now. Give yourself permission to feel good in the body you have, right now. This body is the only one you have – so give it love, take care of it and enjoy it through exercise, good food and healing modalities like massage, bodywork and dance.
There are no two bodies alike, and as a bodyworker, that makes for a colorful experience when I’m giving a massage! I love being presented with different bodies, and giving the exact same love to every single one. That is the art of acceptance.
So love the body you are in, and it will love you right back.