The Transformative Power of Self Love

OK....show of hands...how many of you out there can honestly say that they love themselves? I mean truly, deeply LOVE themselves?

If you do....major kudos to you! I’m honestly in awe of that.

I, like most women I know, struggle in this area.

I mean, don’t get me wrong....there are days when I am feeling all sorts of FIERCE and reveling in my badass self.....but those days have been very few & far between of late.

And why should that be?

I can only speak for myself but, I have, for as long as I can remember, measured my self worth by my appearance compared to other women. I mean, I come from a family where it was not uncommon to have conversations that ended this way: “How’s your hair? How’s your weight?”

I went through myriad phases of feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, unable to fully feel at home in my own body, unable to recognize the image in the mirror as my own.

Needless to say, that led to dysfunctional issues with food, vast fluctuations with weight, being told I was too thin or too heavy---even to to find success as a yoga teacher.

Now, as a 52 year old woman, I am coming to another stage of life where I’m faced with a body that I don’t recognize. It’s like going through puberty all over again! (WTF???)

I have hips & curves & a poochy belly---how the hell did this happen?

I have wasted the better part of my life in conflict with my physical appearance.

And I think I have finally decided to surrender & stop fighting.

Ah....sweet surrender!

We are made up of all shapes & sizes, black & white & all the beautiful shades in between.

It will take some time to “unlearn” all the bullshit that I’ve been programmed to believe----thank you for that beauty industry!---but I’m ready to start taking baby steps to that end.

*What loving thing did you do for yourself today?*

And, let’s not forget, beauty is MORE than skin deep. As we get older, our bodies will age & technology & plastic surgery can only go so far.

Why not save that money & take yourself on a dream vacation instead?

I invite you to make a list of all the things you love about yourself.

Really spend some time and dig deep.