When I was younger I used to judge my physical appearance harshly. I didn't like my hair, my face, my body- I always thought that in order to be beautiful I needed to look a certain way- according to magazines, tv, movies, etc. This resulted in anxiety, negative self talk, harmful behaviors and a cycle of consistently making bad choices with relationships, food, and substances. I didn't like myself very much, I treated myself like shit, chose relationships with people who treated me like shit and felt like shit.
Embodying loving kindness and compassion towards myself was a process that evolved over time. I first had to learn how to love all of me just as is. I had to stop criticizing myself and embrace my physical form. I had to stop engaging in behaviors that hurt me. Slowly over time I dropped bad habits and replaced them with healthier ones that support my needs. I began caring for my body through movement, breathing and nourishing food because it made me feel good and I realized that I deserve to feel good. Slowly I built up consistent healthy habits that fuel me. I also stopped allowing disfunctional relationships in my life.
This led me to listen to and respect my body's limits. I now speak kindly to myself and hold myself with compassion when heavy emotions move in. I am not rigid with "do's" and "don'ts" and realize that my way may not work for some, but it works for me and that is all that matters. I steadily show up for myself. I check in with how I am feeling physically, energetically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually- and from there make choices to support my needs in the moment.
This had led to feeling satisfied in my life, with my body and with my relationships- mostly content with the relationship that I have with myself and the Source that created me. I am perfectly imperfect, beautiful and deserving of all that life has to offer. I truly love myself and appreciate every single step of my journey.
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