Buddha quote

{quote from Daily Joy}

Last week I shared 20 questions for connecting to ourselves and our needs.

It’s also helpful to explore questions around beauty, worthiness and enoughness. Because it’s our beliefs about what is beautiful and what is enough that influence — negatively or positively — how we think about ourselves, how we take care of ourselves and how we navigate our lives.

Often these beliefs are so ingrained that we just assume they’re the truth or how things should be.

Exploring these beliefs helps us better understand why we think the way we do, and why we do what we do. It opens the door to thinking and living in ways that serve us.

Here are 20 questions to help you examine these beliefs.

  1. Do I think beauty comes in certain shapes and sizes?
  2. How do I define “beautiful”?
  3. Who do I think is beautiful?
  4. Do I believe I am beautiful? Why or why not?
  5. Where do my beauty beliefs — about “what is beautiful” — come from (family, friends, coworkers, magazines, movies, television, books)?
  6. Do I believe I am enough?
  7. What does being enough mean to me?
  8. Who are the people I think are enough?
  9. What do they have in common?
  10. Do I believe I am worthy of compassionate self-care and a fulfilling life?
  11. Do I set conditions for appreciating or loving my body?
  12. What are these conditions?
  13. How might my days look if these conditions dissipated?
  14. How have my views on beauty changed throughout the years?
  15. How do I feel when I look at women’s or men’s magazines?
  16. How do I feel when others lose and gain weight (about them and myself)?
  17. How do I feel about myself when I lose and gain weight?
  18. Where do these views come from?
  19. What would happen if I let go of my negative beauty beliefs?
  20. Regardless of any negative beliefs I have about myself, what’s one way — a tiny way — I can treat myself with kindness today?

 


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    Last reviewed: 10 Jul 2014

APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2014). Exploring Our Beauty And Body Beliefs. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2014/07/exploring-our-beauty-and-body-beliefs/

 

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