"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
The way we perceive our bodies, our relationships, our finances or any other aspect of our lives will be the reality in which we live. Perhaps the biggest obstacle I have ever encountered is my thoughts. Most problems or turmoil I have suffered is due to perspective. A beautiful holistic energy coach once told me “No thought, no problem” It sounds so simple but it literally blew my mind. The concept is both powerful and terrifying (depending on your thought about the thought of course, oh man). This is not to say there are no challenges or struggles in life, but we choose how we let them affect us.
“When you’re at peace with yourself and love your self, it is virtually impossible to do things to yourself that are destructive.” – Wayne Dyer
Personally flipping to a mindset of peace and love for myself has completely changed my relationship with my body and the way in which I coach my clients. I realize how destructive diet and exercise can be if it is not approached with the correct intentions or if it does not address longterm mental and physical wellbeing.
Often times the way we go about diet and exercise is almost a form of punishment instead of self care. It becomes something we do because we are not good enough. People assume they need to feel pain and train like an athelete to succeed. It’s important to remember competitive sports are not about health and wellness, sports are a metaphor for triumph, perseverance, suffering, never giving up, and commitment. I am inspired and motivated by athletes, but more for the reasons stated above and less for their diet and exercise regimes. Obviously jumping into a boxing ring or getting on a football field is not ideal for your body longterm. I make this disclaimer because so many of us assume we need to suffer to accomplish our health goals. You do not. You can nurture your body and see amazing results.
“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” -WD
It does not matter how many crunches you have done or how many carbs you have avoided there is only one way to truly love the body you have now or the body you are working on and that is your mind. A perfect example of this is models or fitness competitors. The closer they become to so called “perfection” the more critical, self conscious and fearful they can become, because the love and admiration is coming solely from their outward appearance and has absolutely nothing to do with who they are as a person. Yes, their physical appearance could represent work hard and dedication. For others it might represent a genetic disposition therefore it says nothing about the character of the person. You are not your body. I believe we have to respect and take care of our bodies on a high level. Our bodies are what carries our soul and can determine how much time we have here on earth. But the shape or appearance of your body does not define you as a person.
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