Loving your body is a journey,
a process sometimes paved with roller-coaster ups and downs.
Loving your body is worth it.
It sharpens your sight,
letting you see all the beauty surrounding you.
And, yes, including your own.
Loving your body opens you up to do great things,
to focus less on supposed faults, flaws and shortcomings,
and more on your passions, purpose and just plain fun.
Loving your body might seem overwhelming.
But it starts with a first step,
a smile in the mirror,
a hearty sandwich to nourish, to soothe your hunger,
a good night’s sleep to feed a weary body,
a decision to move in ways that bring joy and exhilaration,
not boredom or punishment.
Loving your body continues with a series of choices,
by creating and preserving boundaries,
by responding to your needs,
by refusing to criticize yourself and others,
and instead being kind and compassionate,
Loving your body is being at peace.
A quiet gratitude for its wondrous abilities,
a calm in your own skin,
Loving your body is possible at any age, size, shape or weight.
Loving your body is possible at any time, any day.
All you need to do is start, and take that first step,
even if you’ve already taken it before.
Just take it. And keep going.
* This post was inspired by this gorgeous piece by Anna Guest-Jelley.
What does loving your body mean to you? What will be your first step?
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Last reviewed: 2 Aug 2012