Respect the body you live in.

Take care of your real home.

Imagine someone did everything for us. They carried us on our daily walks, they spoke up for us, they fed us daily, they put us to sleep, they lifted us up the stairs, and they cared for our every need.

Then imagine every day we told them that they weren’t good enough. We told them they were too slow, or too heavy. We poisoned them with toxins, we deprived them of sleep, we filled them with processed and nutrient-deficient food. This is how many of us treat our bodies.

Respect Your Home.

Our bodies are where our soul and mind inhabit. We tell our bodies what to do moment by moment and most of the time our body listens without putting up a fight. Although the media tends to focus on the aesthetic body look deeper into your bones, your flesh, and your organs that work every moment of your life to house you. That deserves some respect.

Respect Your Abilities.

There is no greater call for gratitude than when we lose an ability we always had. Often we encounter people with physical disabilities and think to ourselves how different their lives are than our own. Maybe, we don’t even acknowledge this. We keep walking without consideration.

Losing our own abilities is something we can’t ignore. It’s important to appreciate the physical capabilities we have before it’s too late. Being mindful of your body’s incredible abilities every day can contribute to your self-respect and self-love.

Respect Your Health.

People often try to medicate the malware in their mind with substances that hurt their body. Eating too much, avoiding exercise, smoking, binge-drinking on weekends, sedating themselves, and the list goes on. “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone” is truly applicable after an unforeseen diagnosis.

Nourishing your body instead of poisoning it will contribute to your self-love. Telling yourself “I love you” doesn’t mean as much when you show yourself otherwise. Pay attention to your body’s needs and fill these needs with daily compassion. Don’t wait until you’re burnt out to turn to emergency-self-care-mode.

Respect Your Beauty.

Not the beauty you are prescribed by current beauty trends, but the natural, radiant, and far outweighing beauty of being the individual that you are. It’s hard to look yourself in the mirror and say “I’m beautiful” when your actions say “I don’t care about you“. Self-hate is hard to perpetuate when you’re actively participating in self-love every single day.

You’re a human being who has worth regardless of how others categorize your physical or aesthetic beauty. This ability to project your soul through a moving and functioning body is intrinsically beautiful and worthy of love.

Take Care with Good Intention.

Do you go to the gym every day so you look good in a bathing suit photo on next month’s vacation? Or do you go to the gym every day to provide your body with energy, lubricate your joints, circulate blood to your working organs, sleep better at night, stimulate muscle growth, and feel surged with happy hormones? One intention is more sustainable than the other.

Don’t take care of yourself in order to win the approval of others. Nourish your body because you love yourself, because you want to live a healthy, long life, because you respect your soul’s home, and because you want to feel mentally at peace.

Today’s Practice:

Take care of your body today with good intention. Pay attention to the kinds of substances you consume. Eat with the intention to nourish. Go for a walk or run and relish in the gratitude of your physical abilities. Think about the good parts of your physical health. Meditate on this with gratitude and self-love.