A few weeks ago, my 4 year old daughter and her friend were jumping on a trampoline in the gorgeous, but chilly, spring weather.
When all of the sudden, they ran inside, disappeared for a minute, and then came back out, completely nude, giggling and yelling "It's a naked celebration!".
They jumped on the trampoline, shaking their little bums, laughing, and loving their bodies!
They were so joyful, so giddy, so carefree.
What can we learn from those amazing little girls? What would it take to love our bodies that much?
I think we can begin by letting go of all of the places where we judge and critique ourselves and our bodies.
How often have you looked in the mirror actually trying to find all of your new wrinkles, sags, or other 'imperfections'?
In Japan, there is a concept called Wabi Sabi, which is basically based on the idea that it's actually the imperfections that create beauty. That the imperfections are more valuable than perfection itself.
Leonard Cohen expresses the same sentiment in his song "Anthem", "Ring the bells that still can ring; forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in."
What if you could start to function from a place of total gratitude for your body, JUST AS IT IS? And be grateful for you may see as imperfections.
Imagine what you and your body could create from that space of gratitude?
Our bodies actually listen to us. They have their own awareness and consciousness.
If you thank your body for how it supports you and for all of the amazing things it does for you, it responds by creating more health and ease.
So a great practice to start is to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and tell your body how beautiful it is - just the way it is, without changing anything. Say "Hi Beautiful!"
This is also a great thing for your children to see. Imagine growing up with that kind of love for your body as a model! Imagine the confidence and joy your children can create about their bodies from that space.
So get naked and be proud! Walk around your house a bit (or your bedroom) and thank your body for being so amazing.
Then, from that place, you can begin to ask questions:
Body, what weight and shape do you want to be?
Body, what do you want to eat today?
Body, would you like to be outside today? Would you like to move in some way?
I know this may sound strange...to talk to your body. But what's the harm in trying?
Like so many things, it is one of the many tools that I have experimented with in my laboratory of life and have been amazed with the results!
So, I wanted to share this wacky perspective with you! And to remind you (as I was by my daughter) that we all came into the world as children who LOVED their bodies.
And next time you want to critique or judge some part of your or your body, just remember the greatness of you and how truly amazing and unique you are.
As Dr. Seuss says, "There is no one who is You-er than YOU!"
Love your body and be grateful for all that it contributes to your life and living.
You are a gift to the world, just the way you are. You are unique.
You being you is the only thing that is required to create a life that is better than anything you could imagine.
Here's another fun question to ask yourself, "What would it take for more of ME to show up in my life?"
Have fun experimenting with these tools and a new way of looking at your body.
As always, see what works for you and what feels light, then follow your heart down your path.
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