For the next five minutes of your life, you are going to embark upon a newfound love affair with your own heavenly body. Whether short or tall, large or small, encased by glowing honey-hued flesh or pale and riddled with bumps, it is miraculous.
Your body is a living, breathing expression of life. You should be in awe of not only what it is capable of, but what it does for you despite the abuse you may subject it to. It deserves more than just credit. It deserves a sanctuary of exaltation.
If you stand before your image in the mirror each morning and declare “You’re disgusting, or “You’re not good enough,” you cannot expect to live in a happy and cooperative body. Your body is highly intelligent, and it is listening to the messages you are communicating to it.
Consider this: Suppose you had a boss who incessantly bombarded you with criticism day after day. Eventually, you would likely feel hopeless and, therefore, lose any shred of desire to attempt to perform your job well. However, consider teachers, coaches, mentors or bosses of your past who supported your efforts and uniqueness. They may have filled you up with so much praise, gratitude and support that you began to blossom and flourish. You likely advanced your skills as a result of the support and appreciation they gave to you.
Think of the relationship with your body in a similar way.
You know how delicate and vigilant a mother is with her newborn baby? She is in awe of this perfect little life she created in her womb, and is as careful as possible with everything the baby consumes and is exposed to. What we often forget is that each of us deserve that same level of care, attentiveness and adoration. You were a miracle the day you were born, and you continue to be a miracle every second you have breath.
Being in awe of your body has nothing to do with narcissism or feelings of superiority. It has nothing to do with competition, comparison, nor does it mean becoming self-obsessed. Being in awe of your body is simply acknowledging the miracle that you are and, therefore, being inspired to take care of it.
Life is a gift, and your body is a fascinating creation. It is a vessel by which your soul is able to not only experience but be an expression of life. I’ve created this list to hopefully assist you in shifting your mindset from a place of focusing on your perceived flaws to being in a state of celebration for what your body is doing well.
You’re so Much More Than You Think You Are…
#1 Please do not shoot the messenger, however you are actually much older than you think you are. Yes, that’s right.
Your life, in part, began in your grandmother’s womb. When a female fetus is forming in its mother’s womb, so are all of the eggs she will ever have in her entire life. The egg which became partially responsible for you was formed inside of your mother’s fetus, which was inside of your grandmother. Therefore, when your mother was formed in your grandmother’s womb, in part, so were you.
Also, consider the multitude of possibilities of all of the eggs and all of the sperm which could have united together, yet the combination which formed you survived to be among the chosen few. Never doubt your ability to survive…
#2 The largest cell in the entire human body is the female egg. On the contrary, the smallest human cell is the male sperm. (Nothing further to add regarding this topic, thank you…)
#3 The Milky Way galaxy is home to 300 billion stars. Your body alone is home to seven octillion atoms. Put that in your blender and sip on it for a minute…
You’re Basically A “Spring Chicken” Until You Die…
#4 Remember when I said you were older than you think you are? Well, you may now breathe a sigh of relief because you are also much younger than you think you are. Your body is constantly renewing itself. The cells in your lungs and the epidermal layer of your skin renew themselves every few weeks. The cells of your intestines are renewed every few days. In fact, your body as a whole produces roughly 25 new cells every second.
I suppose it entirely true when they say “All things are made new.” So, take care of your body. Support it. You are constantly recreating yourself by the way you are feeding (or not feeding) your cells. You can be a lush field of lilies or a junk yard of broken down parts. You decide.
You’re Deceptively Tough…
#5 Your bones are vastly stronger than cement. Never believe anyone who says you aren’t strong.
#6 The acid in your stomach is powerful enough to cause the blade of a razor to dissolve entirely. Allow that fact to be somewhat of a metaphor for everything negative you encounter. Don’t ever underestimate your ability to dissolve anything unpleasant from your life. If your silly stomach can do it, you can do it.
Even if you feel as though something has the power to cut you to pieces, remember you have reign over any level of stress, possessing the power to make it cease to exist.
Your Liver Is Not Playing Around…
#7 The liver is one of the hardest-at-work organs in the human body. It rarely ever takes a rest. When you are busy ingesting junk, it is working overtime to keep you well. It removes toxins from the body and assists in the function of the other internal organs, therefore it has a round-the-clock job of protecting you. This is why it is a good idea to give it a break every now and then, perhaps once every season.
Consider how you feel when you are in dire need of a long-awaited vacation. You may feel as though you are on the brink of collapsing, right? Once every season or twice a year, allow your liver to have a short holiday so that when it returns to work again, it will be able to perform and function at a higher level.
You Stink So Good…
#8 You have your own unique and distinctly delicious scent. Although family members often smell similar and identical twins often smell almost identical, no one smells exactly alike. This is why when your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or loved one is gone for a longer period of time than usual, you feel compelled to bury your face into their skin. You are relishing in the smell that is unique to only them. So, if someone tells you that you stink, find someone who will better appreciate you and your one-of-a-kind perfume.
We Are All One-Of-A-Kind, Indeed…
#9 You have a unique “tongue print” all your own. Yes, it’s true. Just like your fingerprint, no one else has the same tongue pattern you have. So, it is quite true, in a multitude of ways, when someone labels you as being “One of A Kind.”
(Psst. Have a blast examining your tongue in your bathroom mirror after finishing this article.)
Make Up Your Mind To Mind Your Emotions…
#10 If you were to view your tears under a microscope after crying in mourning over the loss of someone you love, and then repeat the same process again after crying from laughter, you would see two remarkably different results. The actual structure of our tears are vastly different based upon our reasons for crying.
Do you realize what this means? If our emotions possess the power to shape the structure of our tears, consider how they may affect (and do, in fact) the structure of our entire bodies! This is why it is crucial that you try to feel as good as you possibly can as often as you possibly can. Your health – and healing! – depend upon the state of your emotions. Your emotions come from your thoughts, which now brings me to my next point…
Your Brain Is a Remarkably Creative Tool…
#11 Every day, your brain generates approximately 70,000 thoughts. That means 70,000 chances to either love and encourage yourself or scare the living hell out of yourself. This means 70,000 chances to improve you life or negatively marinate on what you have yet to change. Thoughts are powerful and you have many of them. Choose them wisely!
#12 In the same way you learned your ABC’s and multiplication tables by means of repetition, your subconscious mind contains all of the information you have imprinted upon it. This is why, even as adults, we often experience difficulty breaking belief patterns we developed as children. This is also why you can remain in deep thought while driving 100 miles to a destination you have driven to numerous times and barely remember the trip. You may even experience an eery feeling of wondering how you arrived at all.
You owe your safe arrival to your brilliant subconscious mind – which quietly took the driver’s seat and allowed you to safely arrive at your destination – while your conscious mind was free to take the stage and daydream, have a phone conversation, etc.
#13 Your brain, at any given moment, produces enough energy to power a lightbulb. Use it wisely.
#14 When you introduce new and challenging exercises to your body, your brain creates new neural pathways. This is largely responsible for why, after performing the movements several times, it not only becomes easier physically, but also mentally. You may no longer need to “think” about your form when performing the movements, for they begin to feel like second nature. This is because exercise improves brain plasticity. Therefore, individuals who constantly create challenge and introduce new methods of movement to their fitness programs continue to achieve better results.
Your brain is a remarkable body-shaping and muscle-sculpting tool, and exercise is a remarkable brain-stimulating tool. Exercise is powerfully transformative as long as you keep it challenging. So, move. However, don’t just move and “zone out.” Engage in the movements. Allow your brain to connect to the movements you are doing, and you will thereby eliminate the possibility of plateauing in terms of results.
#15 Your brain is home to your beliefs, yet those beliefs are not limited to the realm of your brain. Rather, they are assisting in the mapping of your entire life. The principles of epi-genetics tell us that although we are each born with our own biological blueprint, we are not victims of it. We can alter the expressions of our genes!
In fact, research has revealed that we possess the power to either activate or deactivate various genetic predispositions (including diseases, genetic weaknesses, etc.) by our beliefs. Examine your beliefs, uproot the the ones which are not serving you well, replace them with better ones, and thereby remap and reshape your entire life. It is simpler than you think it is, yet more involved than you think it is. For more on this subject, check out this incredible book by Bruce Lipton.
Stop criticizing your body, and instead be in awe of it. Stop contaminating it. Stop interfering. Stop merely existing and start living.
My sole intention is for this article to inspire your body to become living, breathing celebration of happiness.
©TheDailyDoll.com/Lacey Johnson 2015
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