Tuesday, February 25, 2020

8 Week Self-Love Commitment Week 4: Revere Your Body

Most of us are familiar with the midnight ride of Paul Revere. He rode through the Massachusetts countryside to alert John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British were coming. 

Imagine how desperately Revere rode. His entire life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness depended on his success. It is with the desperate and passionate spirit of Paul Revere I want to present this week’s challenge: 
REVERE your body. 

What if we were to revere our own bodies as desperately as Revere rode that night? What if we were to believe that our own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness didn’t depend on a diet or a certain weight, but on a healthy relationship with ourselves?  

What if we desperately pursued our health and happiness as passionately as the early American patriots fought? Imagine how your relationship with yourself (and with food) would change.  

We may not be on the front lines battling for territory, but we have engaged daily in the fight for freedom: freedom from self-loathing, self-criticism, and self-hate.  Now just like those early soldiers, we’re outgunned and outnumbered. The beauty industry is a $445 billion industry dependent on men and women feeling deeply inadequate. The weight loss industry is a $60 billion a year industry. 
Every ad, commercial, post, picture, song, and magazine article is bent on one outcome: making you feel inadequate about your body and the way you look. Check out this short video to see what I’m talking about:

GO HERE to watch the video that will challenge your perceptions of media images.

So much of what we see in ads is false and airbrushed, yet we're told that if we don’t look like those artificial images, we're somehow worthless. It’s hard to fight those messages that we’re not good enough. 

But, we have a secret weapon: reverence. 

Reverence is the profound adoring and awed respect we have for something. Imagine what it would be like to revere your body for what it is: an incredible machine that breathes, blinks, and beats all without us asking. 

Imagine looking into the mirror and saying, "I accept you." Or, "I am so grateful for my feet that carry me from place to place, my legs that keep me chasing after my kids and grandkids, my hands that serve my loved ones, my lungs that take in each breath without me asking, and my mind that refuses to quit on me." 

What if you were to revere your body, to have reverence your body, rather than hating your body?  The difference you would experience in your life would be as shocking as the scrappy Continental Army beating the trained European militia back in Paul Revere’s Day!  

Reverence is more than appreciation. It is the deep, adoring, respect we have for something. It is the most profound feeling of gratitude that we can feel. This deep feeling dramatically changes our relationships with ourselves, others, and food. 

It takes time to rewire our brains and assumptions. If you’ve been telling yourself for years that you aren’t good enough, don’t expect change overnight. 

Accept that you’re working towards the goal of self-reverence. And appreciate the gains that you experience every day! 
Start by telling yourself one thing that you appreciate about your body every single day. Soon you’ll find 2-3 things to be grateful about, and then 2-3 dozen things to be grateful about. The important thing is to start now and take baby steps every day towards creating not only a better future but a more enjoyable now. 

This week’s commitment is to take some time today to thank your body. Some suggestions are to take a bath, put some lotion on, make a list of the things you are grateful for that your body does, or take a walk outside and enjoy each breath of fresh air. 
I have every confidence in your ability to create an attitude of reverence. 

Let me know how it goes! Drop a comment here or in my private Facebook community. If you're not a member yet, join us now: https://www.facebook.com/groups/drninainc/

No comments: