It’s time to reclaim our real beauty

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The Holidays can be a time when we are really hard on ourselves. The stress of travel, family, an over-booked social calendar and a plethora of expectations un-met can send us to indulging in things that make us feel good initially, but not-so-great post facto. For me, this pattern has looked like over-eating and then self-punishment in the form of NOT loving my body. One of my dear friends, Kimber Simpkins wrote a whole book about it not too long ago.

Emotional eating was one way I would, and still sometimes do, suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. The eating leads the emergence of the inner self-critic and inner mean-girl.

I’m sharing this with you because I know you know what I’m talking about. Statistics show that something like 95% of American women don’t like their body. You are probably one of us. And its not just women. I was recently at a retreat and spoke to a (gorgeous, btw) man about how much he compared himself to other more “ripped” dudes. All I could think was, “OMG you are so hot. How are you not seeing this?” But I do the same thing to myself all the time. It reminded me of this moment when I lived in Spain. My boyfriend was a leading male model. I was 22, 5’9 and 128 pounds. And I freaking hated my body so much. In other words, at the time in my life when I was what the world considered “most beautiful” was the time when I was the most miserable. Why? Because when you worship external beauty, you never feel good enough.

It’s time to reclaim our real beauty. Our God-Body. 

This year, with the help of my sis, we decided to ask the self-critic and mean-girl to chill out. This meditation really helped, so we wanted to share.

It’s simple. Hand on heart. Thank you, body. Im sorry, sweet body.

Post us your experiences on Facebook. And join our freaking (!) amazing Winter of Love – a 5-week course designed to take you into the root of the lack of love, and into the depths of real-deal self-esteem.

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