By Ma Ananda Sanghavasini, Meditation Facilitator & Intuitive Life Coach at The Divine Mine.
When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? Do you love who is staring back at you? When I ask you to think about yourself for a moment, what would the image be that comes up in your mind’s eye? Usually what comes up is not an image of our whole body but just of our face.
Most of us not only dislike our body, we have even developed a strong hatred towards it. Knowingly or unknowingly we punish it all the time by eating unhealthy foods, thinking self-destructive thoughts and living an unhealthy life style. This is partially due to societal conditioning. Society continuously shows us what our body should look like in order to be perfect, in order to be liked and loved. This often results in us comparing our body with another body, only to come to the conclusion that there are many things wrong with it so we start to dislike the body even more.
This comparison gets highly encouraged by the media. If you were the only person on the planet, and there would be no form of media, what is there to compare with? How would you know that your physical form is not good enough, not beautiful enough? That thought would not even cross your mind. Just like any other form in nature, you would be totally at home in your body, totally happy in and with your body. Like many other forms, just another form for existence to experience itself. Everybody – every –body – is unique!
When we look at children, it is easy to see that they are fully in their body and loving it, how much they feel comfortable and at home in the body. That alone proves that the hatred and dislike we have developed against our body is mere conditioning.
The body is actually a miracle. Think about it. The body exists of cells that simply follow the mind. The body itself has no idea of what it should do or not do, it simply follows. If we think healthy thoughts, we have a healthy body. If we think sick thoughts, our body becomes sick. If we spend our time dwelling in negativity it will greatly influence our body in a negative way. The body does not see good or bad, right or wrong. It just follows.
When we catch these negative thoughts by bringing awareness to them, relax from them and replace them with healthy, happy thoughts, we create a healthy, happy body. Today, bring awareness to your thoughts and see; what kind of thoughts do you have? How are they related to your health? Is your inner space occupied with uplifting, joyous thoughts or with worries and negative thinking? Just being aware is enough. By being aware you have stepped out of the negative thinking cycle. This way, you can use this awareness technique to change your life, one thought at the time!