The prompt for the month of May is to focus on bringing more love into your body. Can you honestly say the following sentence out loud and mean it? “I love my body!” I hope so. Will you share with us how you are able to say that to yourself and mean it? If you can’t yet speak those words truthfully, it’s OK, just notice where you are in the process.
The Self-Love Diet is a way of life that will gift you with the ability to fall in love with your body. We all have different stories of how we are falling in love with our bodies. Here is a snippet of mine.
I began in earnest in 2004 to increase my love for myself and my body. It became clear to me that if I was to be congruent in my work with my eating disordered clients, I needed to “practice what I preach.” I began by writing a Self-Love Prayer/Letter that I read to myself every morning while looking into my eyes in the mirror. Starting off my Self-Love Diet from a spiritual/ mind path was the right beginning for me.
The body path of my Self-Love Diet practice continues to progress. I notice more and more loving thoughts towards my body in my endless stream of thoughts. This morning while driving home from my yoga class, I heard my thought, “l love my body. I have so much respect for my body.” I shared these thoughts and feelings with my daughter when I got home.
It’s important to “expand” your body love by noticing when you feel it. Sharing your experience of loving your body with someone else allows the experience more depth and breadth by having the conversation. I have a practice of listening to my Body Love Visualization at least twice a week, and now that the sun is steadily shining, I am riding my bike to work more often. I am able to listen to my body when it tells me I’m hungry and when it lets me know that I’m satisfied.
My newest Body-Love activity is yoga. I have recently discovered a yoga class that fits perfectly for me. It is bringing so much love into my body on a cellular and spiritual level that I find myself falling more deeply in love with my body!
I challenged myself this morning and went to the 6am-7am yoga class. The practice of mindfully using my breath and moving and stretching my body feels luxurious. I choose to bring love into my body with each breath, and mindfully released any constriction or holding with each exhalation. What I love about my body is its ability to tell me what it needs. I notice if I melt into, or surrender and release my holding of my muscles, my body will relax into a position that I would never have been able to force myself into.
This is a great metaphor for life. Yoga offers me a concrete physical practice of being with myself in my body in the moment. When I surrender physically to a moment in time with the intention of being love, I also benefit spiritually, mentally, emotionally and energetically.
As I age, I have noticed more aches and pains, more tension and tightness in my body over the years. I choose to love my body into ease. This prompt of mindfully bringing more love into our bodies will help my intention.
How will you consciously choose to bring more love into your body? I invite you to submit your posts here. I look forward to hearing from you.
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet,
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at the Petaluma Copperfield’s bookstore. For upcoming events and book signings, starting April 13th, visit Michelle’s Events page.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005.
In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.