In our first lesson, we reminded ourselves to say our mantra: I LOVE MYSELF COMPLETELY NOW.
In lesson two, we will be turning to the outer-most part of our being — our bodies. This is the physical presence we wear in the world. It is our costume in the play. It is the vehicle that transports us. Of course, that body changes over time. Which model do you have now? It isn’t the one you had ten years ago — or even yesterday. We want to keep it tuned up. But how do we do this if the body is overwhelmed with stress and tension? We must learn to love every part of our being in this course.
Think about this: How light and happy can you be if your body is as tight as a twisted knot? We may say our affirmations and that is very good, but our outward demeanor may serve to undermine those words.
We are human beings of multiple levels and that includes the body, breath, mind, senses, and spirit. Each of these must be attended to if we are to stay in balance. A wholistic approach is what I am suggesting to becoming lighter and happier.
As Yogi Amrit Desai, the founder of Kripalu, one of the largest and oldest yoga centers in the United States, said,
The body is the temple of the spirit.
We want that temple to be shiny and welcoming to ourselves. Don’t forget. too, that we include the body in loving ourselves completely now. No part of us is left out, no matter what its outward condition. We learn to love all of us.
Now I will suggest a simple practice. We will keep it simple, just as I promised.
I am calling this a weight-loss lesson. Why? Because we are going to find ways to “take the weight of the world” off our shoulders, our back, our neck. Now that is a weight loss program we can ALL use.
Right now, take a few seconds to mentally scan your whole body. Where do you feel stress or tension? Is it in the shoulders? In your jaw line? In your lower back? In the neck? For the majority of people these are the most common target zones. So, first, we need to know what to look for and how to help ourselves.
Sit in a chair or stand up, which ever is most comfortable. Close your eyes. Scan your body. Note any tightness. Resolve to soothe and calm the body. Imagine a warm fluid flowing over your body, from the top of your head downward, melting away any tension and sore muscles, wherever they may be. As you breathe, feel that each breath calms any areas that are holding tension. Allow your shoulders to release away from the neck and give way to gravity. Say to yourself:
My body is softening. My body is growing calm. I am relaxed.
It is simple to do. But you must repeat it often. Certainly, whenever you feel tension returning. Do this body scan even when you aren’t aware of tension. Tension can be insidious and become a habit. Whenever you feel anxiety or stress, let it go, wherever you are – in the car, at your desk, washing dishes, in a meeting, at the grocery store, in bed. Remember that you are being kind and loving to your body so that it can support your happier life.
Become a student of your own body, but not like a rigid task master. Instead be a kind and compassionate observer. Be the kind of person who says:
I love myself AND MY BODY completely now.
Remember you can invite someone else to travel this transformation journey with you. A supporting helpmate could be just the thing you need. Or consider me your fellow traveler. I am here to help.
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I am honored to share with you this path of transformation.
With love and namaste, Deanne