The Language Link

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The link between what we say and reality is strong, so much so that we can create our health starting with the words that come from our mouths. I believe that what we choose to say about ourselves becomes truth. If we say “I have fat thighs” it results in a cycle of actions and activities that makes us dislike our own bodies. We punish ourselves. That’s not cool.

If we say, “I love myself just as I am,” we create a space where we choose things that feel good, out of love and respect for our bodies, rather than punishment. With an empowered “I love the shape of my body” or “I enjoy being active,” we can change the world, starting with the inside of ourselves, starting with love, right here at home.

When we step into ourselves, live in our bodies, and meet ourselves where we’re at, we’ll get healthier, faster. When we choose health, by observing what we really want (an apple instead of a muffin – really listen…where is your hunger?), we can change what we eat and how we spend our time.

When we dance because it’s fun and feels good, that’s the best thing we can do. If “exercise” were more fun, we’d do more of it, wouldn’t we?

Play, laugh, be silly, be sexy, be free. Let go of what others think so you can allow yourself to live as you were created, and to be where you are, right now.

The Body Positive Challenge

Skip the resolutions this year. Choose not to change yourself. Instead, commit to the intention of speaking positively about your body, because you don’t win by diminishing yourself, and this culture of self-depreciation is not making us better, fitter, healthier, or stronger.

Try on these phrases next time you’re tempted to say anything bad about yourself:

I can… I will…
I have the energy to…
I love being active…
I enjoy sweating every day…
I gauge my hunger and eat ___ accordingly.
I choose to…
I choose not to …
It’s a priority for me to …

P.S. Ask your friends to hold you accountable to your positive body talk. In eliminating it from your vocabulary, you’ll open the door for them to let go of their own self-criticism since you’ll no longer engage in the body-bashing of past.

Read more about body image, how it’s shaped, and how to change it.
And, I love the way this project presents the current standards of beauty on famous pieces of art. Gets my noggin’ churning.