Are you madly, head over heels in love … with your body? If you are, you are a rare woman and I applaud you. More likely, you are like the rest of us – much more critical than appreciative of the flesh that sits beneath your head. Yes, there are things you like, and some days are better than others, but if you could mold your ideal body, I’m guessing you might change a thing or two. And if I suggested you just stop all negativity now and love your body as it is, as great as that sounds, you probably wouldn’t be able to do it.
Ouch! Not a fun realization. Now what?
What if I told you that I have a fun, easy, way to start moving in that direction with a community of like-minded women? Wouldn’t that be nice? It all starts with the practice of Gratitude. It seems like everyone from Buddha to Oprah has something to say about gratitude! So what’s the scoop when it comes to gratitude? Here are a couple of perspectives on it:
Neuro-what?! Neuroplasticity means that our neurology that was once thought of as fixed is actually changeable. In other words, we can change the way we think. Once we get used to a certain way of thinking, our brains form physical patterns in our neurology and we tend to fall back into those patterns over and over again (no, it’s not just you!).
Neuroscientist Rick Hanson likes to say “The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positives ones.” We naturally gravitate toward negative thinking – it is human nature. So how do we change it? One way is to develop a practice of intention, presence, and appreciation. And a way to do that is through a gratitude practice.
So, back to the challenge of loving our bodies – if we can set an intention toward more loving thoughts and then actually practice appreciation and gratitude for our bodies and the amazing miracles that they are, we can start to create new neural pathways so that our natural tendency is toward positive body thoughts rather than negative ones. Science is cool!
Law of Attraction and Good Vibrations
And now for the slightly more “woo-woo” portion of today’s post… You’ve probably heard of the Law of Attraction, brought into the forefront by The Secret back in 2006. According to Wikipedia, “The tenet of the film and book is that the universe is governed by a natural law called the law of attraction which is said to work by attracting into a person’s life the experiences, situations, events, and people that “match the frequency” of the person’s thoughts and feelings.”
Gratitude and appreciation vibrate on the same frequency as joy and love. What that means is that gratitude and appreciation can be used as a bridge to love and joy. If you want to experience feelings of loving your body and being joyful in your body but you don’t know how, you can start with practicing gratitude toward your body – and you will naturally become more loving and joyful in your body.
How would you like to foster your own body gratitude practice in the company of like-minded women? I’ve created a Facebook group to do exactly that – we officially kick-off today, November 1, but the group is already hopping and full of energy. And it’s never too late to join. All you need to do is join the group and then post at least 1 thing each day that you are grateful to your body for – and see what evolves. And if you are already in the group, I encourage you to keep participating and keeping the great energy going!