“Your body is not your masterpiece— your life is.”
This comment from Huffington Post offered some great food for thought.
How often are we bombarded with messages to treat our bodies like a temple because they are all we have? Well they’re not all we have. We have our whole lives: our relationships, our spirituality, ourselves as a whole being, not just a pretty form with thighs that may or may not touch. It is too common to see women, and men too, constantly obsessing over every square centimeter of their body like it’s the only thing they’ve got to offer the world. It’s not.
Aren’t you tired of comparing yourself to every woman you pass on the street or see on TV? Wouldn’t it be nice not to hate yourself a little bit more every time you see someone who has a flatter stomach than you?
Aren’t you tired?
I am a victim of these thoughts and behaviors just as much, if not more, than most. Nurturing a positive body image can be difficult in today’s word. Hearing those words from HuffPost was one of the first times it really hit me that it doesn’t have to be this way. Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush.
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It’s not what your body looks like, but what it can do. Don’t spend so much time wishing you had a different paintbrush that you forget to paint.
Instead of staring at the mirror and noticing that micrometer of extra flesh on your arms that wasn’t there five years ago, why not focus on the strength you DO have in your muscles and in your spirit?
Why not thank your body every day for waking up and knowing how to perform millions of functions simultaneously?
Why not show gratitude for the vessel that will let you do what you love?
Being thankful is often the forgotten key in reaching health goals like weight loss!
If you can’t start loving your body, at least start loving what it can do for you.
Take the time right now to slow down, say thank you, and go paint your masterpiece!