Love. Accept. Share.
“Don’t let your mind bully your body.”
This topic is something that I am very passionate about. So often we like to hold ourselves and our bodies to these impossible standards. What if we held ourselves to a standard of health instead of the “perfect American body” standard? What if we learned to love ourselves the way that we are (while keeping in mind that we are taking care of our bodies) because we know that everyone’s body and experience is different? What if we stopped shaming ourselves and shaming others for loving their body and not being ashamed of what they do?
I would like to alter that beginning quote to say “don’t let your mind bully your mind, body, or soul” and add a second quote to say “don’t let your mind bully others minds, bodies, or souls.” Do you know how freeing it is to accept yourself and accept others, even strangers, as they are? It fosters a beautiful home for self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem. Those things project out into the world and help others start to feel the same way just from one encounter with you.
Think about this - when you go out and you feel like you look great and you are getting judgmental glances from across the room, do you start to feel self-conscious? It not, then chances are you have great self-confidence. A lot of us do start to question ourselves though. Let’s look at it from the other side of the room - the one making the judgmental glances. Chances are the reason is due to comparison and low self-confidence. What if instead of shooting judgmental glances they said “wow, you look amazing,” “I love your outfit,” or “You have a beautiful smile.” That would up both of their self-confidence and self-image. Do you get what I am saying?
Love yourself, love others. Accept yourself, accept others. Don’t let your mind bully yourself, don’t let your mind bully others.
Share love NOT judgment.