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Your body is amazing

2014-10-24 10:58:51

Published on 2014-10-24 10:58:51

In a world where you’re conditioned to appreciate your body purely by the way it looks, it is easy to forget that you are a living miracle.

If you’re struggling to accept your body as it is right now, changing your focus from how your body looks to all the amazing things it does and allows you to do, is a great way to develop appreciation and gratitude for your body.

Try out this body gratitude exercise to get you loving the skin you’re in:

Get comfortable, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Notice how your body feels – are there parts that feel light and comfortable or others that feel tired and weary? Don’t pass any judgement on how different parts feel, just become aware.

Starting with those parts that feel the most comfortable, ask yourself, how have they supported you in your life? How have they allowed you to engage in a full life?

For example, consider these body parts:

Heart: it fuels the body, supporting every action you take. It’s also the place of emotions, allowing you to experience love, joy, pride.

Feet & legs: allow you to stand and move

Eyes: enable you to see 

Ears: let you hear your favourite music

Stomach & intestines: digest your food so that you can absorb nutrients to fuel your body

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For those parts of the body that feel less comfortable, notice any negative thoughts associated with them, but still acknowledge gratitude for them. Again, identify how these parts help you to participate in life.

Doing this kind of body gratitude exercise regularly will refocus how you think and feel about your body, enabling greater acceptance. You’ll begin to appreciate all the things that your body can do for you that aren’t about appearance alone.

If you still aren’t convinced, consider these statistics about your body:

Your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every 6 weeks, and your skeleton every 3 months.

What greater proof do you need? Your body is amazing!!

For more hints and tips on body acceptance, check out my other articles on body image here.

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