What Body Part Could You Love a Little More? favorite_border

Yoga Girl Daily - September 5th 2019

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Self-Love, Gratitude, Thankful Thursday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

It’s time to tap into gratitude in a specific and actionable way. This week’s topic? The body.

We spend way too much time judging our bodies and not nearly enough time appreciating it. What is that part of your body that you love the least? That you spend the most time judging? Spend today in gratitude for everything that this part of your body brings you in life.

We have to love every part of ourselves.

Now is the perfect time to start.

Transcript

[00:40] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Thursday, everyone! Today is Thankful Thursday and of course a perfect day to tap into some gratitude. Every day is of course a really good day to be grateful, but it's great to have that dedicated moment in your week to practice gratitude in a specific, actionable way. That's where Thankful Thursdays come in. Today, we are directing gratitude toward our bodies, not just our bodies as a whole, but toward that part of your body that you don't appreciate as much as you should. Our bodies are, I feel one of those areas in our lives that we actually forget to practice gratitude the most. A lot of us spend a ton of time judging our bodies, picking our bodies apart, feeling like they're not good enough. Regardless of how we're feeling, like there's always something that could be a little bit different or a lot, right?

[01:32] We could always lose another five pounds, become a little more toned, a little more fit. And we have this idea in our brains ingrained through, you know, the conditioning of growing up in this kind of society and the world that tells us every day that our bodies aren't good enough the way they are. So we're used to this practice of judging ourselves, maybe even hating ourselves and not treating our heart, our bodies as well as we should. So for our practice today, we're not just going to bring gratitude to our bodies as a whole for everything that the body does for you every day, but focusing on that one part of your body that you know you like the least. Regardless of how body positive you are, and maybe you have a lifelong practice of really getting to that place of loving your body.

[02:17] Perhaps you're there now feeling so great where you are. Maybe you're in that place where you know you're on the opposite side of the spectrum and you really don't like your body right now. Or perhaps you spend a lot of time of your day ingrained and immersed in that thought of how your body isn't good enough. Perhaps you spend time hiding your body or that specific part of your body that you really don't like or maybe even hate. And we all have that one part of the body. Maybe it's something that we had since we were kids or teenagers or something someone told us once or has been telling us before. Perhaps a part that you feel like you would like to change. So this could be something different for all of us, but right, just feeling into the body, what's that body part that you spend the most time judging right now?

[03:07] What's the part of your body that you appreciate the least, that you've given the least amount of gratitude over the past couple of weeks, months, years, maybe a lifetime. So for me, my area for sure is my belly. And I think it's because the kind of, you know, the big change that I went through after pregnancy, I used to have this very strong sense of core connection, always had. And then after I had the baby, this area is now much softer and the little fluffier and you know, it's very, very different from before. So I catch myself at times judging my belly thinking that it should be different, right? Or maybe even holding my belly in that little bit. And then I catch that thought and I make myself relax and go, oh, you know, this part of my body birthed, carried life, created life. I birthed the child. The reason my body is soft is because it brought me the most beautiful, amazing part of my entire life.

[04:10] So feeling into your own space right now. Perhaps it's you know, your shoulders or your upper arms or your feet or your belly, your butt, your thighs, your hair, you know, whatever part of your body that you spend time judging. And it could be something that happens unconsciously that you're trying to change. Take a moment right now and put your hands one or both of your hands to that body part. We'll take a moment to us to tap in to feel into that space. You can close your eyes if you want and taking a really deep breath, bringing some energy into this part of the body that your hands are touching right now.

[04:53] Then taking a moment to remind yourself of what this body part does for you every day. What this body part does for you every day. If it's your feet, you know your feet are walking you through this life, they take you all the places you need to go. If it's your belly, you know your entire digestive system sits right here. This part of your body sustains you, nourishes you every day of your life. If it's your upper arms, these arms hug the people that you love, they pickup your kids, your pets, your dog. They're your connection out into the world. That extension straight from your heart out into the physical realm around you. Take a moment just to remind yourself of what this part of the body that you're touching right now, what it does for you. The function it has, so not what it looks like, or the idea of what you have that maybe something should be different, but just in this moment, feeling grateful and extending some gratitude to this part of your body for being here, for taking you the places you need to go. For being this integral, so essential, such an essential part of your being.

[06:04] This is your body. This is a part of your whole, and we have to love every piece of ourselves, we can't just pick and choose. So take a moment with your hands right there and just bring some gratitude to this part of your body right here, right now. You can even repeat to yourself just gently thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Direct that gratitude to that part of your body. Thank you, belly. Thank you, shoulders. Thank you, feet. Thank you, thighs. Thank you, arms. Thank you, hands. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And then anytime throughout the day today, if you catch yourself judging this part of your body in any way, just take a breath and then bring yourself back to that place of gratitude. Repeating again to yourself. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much for listening and for bringing some well-deserved and needed gratitude to your body. Thanks for tuning into Yoga Girl Daily, and I'll see you tomorrow.

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