We have a long way to go as a culture toward accepting our bodies as they are and embracing their true purpose. It can be downright excruciatingly difficult to honor our bodies as the sacred miracles they are, with all their imperfections, when we are faced daily, endlessly, with messages and advertisements trying to keep us afraid.
We are bombarded not just with products but with the messages behind those products that are crafted to sell us the fear that we are not beautiful, thin, young, or flawless enough. So afraid of every wrinkle, pimple, and dimple that we will buy whatever it is they are trying to hustle us into believing will “correct” us. It is the message, not the product, that keeps us obsessing over what someone else has decided our bodies are here to do. If we believe our bodies are only here to be flawless and perfect in order to impress other people and torture ourselves, they’ve got us right where they want us.
It may sound harsh and feel unfair but we are the ones who buy into the messaging.
What if we didn’t?
If you’ve never heard of Gabrielle Bernstein, she’s definitely worth getting to know. Gabrielle is fast becoming one of the prominent young thought leaders of our time in the areas of spirituality and conscious living. Among a slew of other inspiring books and lectures, Gabrielle is the author of May Cause Miracles, a guidebook written with the targeted purpose of bringing us – mind, body, and soul – back to a place of self-love and empowerment.
One of the most mind expanding chapters from May Cause Miracles focuses on the truth of what our bodies are here to help us do. Our bodies – despite what you may have thought, heard, or been lied to about – are vessels for bringing more love and inspiration into the world. And in order to fully perceive our bodies in this enlightened way, we need to first forgive ourselves for choosing to see them instead as inadequate, repulsive or not good enough.
“Forgiveness heals my false perceptions of my body. Through forgiveness I restore my mind back to love. Today I no longer give power to the fog that has kept me in the dark. Instead I shine light on my body through forgiveness and awaken a new perspective.” (excerpt from May Cause Miracles)
Forgiveness is the trick after all these years we’ve spent wishing we could change this or that about our bodies? Sometimes I can’t even zip into a pair of jeans that fit a week ago and all I want to do is rip them at the seams, throw on some sweatpants and uncork a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. And this guidebook is telling me that forgiveness is the way to get past all that sweat, self-loathing and rage?
It is so hard to hear the truth over all the noise but here it is: we can’t forget for one minute that our bodies are miracles of the highest order. We have got to make peace with our wicked, hateful inner critic that tells us we are too ugly, short, tall, awkward, fat, lanky, old, sun-spotted, or un-moisturized to be worthy of being ourselves. That message is false. That message is born of the fear that sells us a distorted body image that we believe we need to “fix.”
The answer is to make the grand gesture of forgiving ourselves for cursing our bodies. We’ve got to let go of the false beliefs we hold on to that we are only worth what we look like. And it starts with forgiveness.
When enough of us dare to shift our perceptions, we will pick up on each other’s strengths and start making acceptance of our bodies the norm instead of a Herculean battle. How incredibly powerful it will be when the majority of us respect the glory of our bodies instead of mentally trashing them out of fear that they don’t measure up to some ridiculous, impossible standard.
Our bodies are too precious to mistreat them so.
Maybe, finally, something’s gotta forgive.
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