Did you know that you can completely change your physical size by the way you think?
It amazes me how often I share this information with people and their struggle to implement it into their mental conversations.
You see, your mind is a very powerful tool or a strong enemy. What you believe completely alters the course of your life. If you think that your life is good, you are probably filled with a general sense of well being. If you are committed to your life being bad, every negative experience confirms your truth - your life ultimately follows the course of your mental beliefs.
So, how does this relate to your weight.
Okay, this is cool.
Are you ready for it?
I don’t know if you are, but here goes.
Have you heard of the ice study? A scientist, Dr Emoto put water in a tray and froze it, but every day he walked by and told it that it was beautiful. He blessed it, he spoke good over it. Ya know what, it froze in a beautiful crystal pattern.
Another tray, he did the same thing, put in water and froze it, but this tray he cursed. He told the water it was ugly, it had no value, it was bad. This water froze in a hideous shape.
Your words are powerful, they literally change the atmosphere and have the ability to transform your molecular structure.
I am asked constantly why I am so fit. It is because I work out for hours? Do I follow an extreme diet? What is it that keeps my body healthy and in great shape?
I bless my body and I have been for years. I tell myself that I am beautiful and thin. I run my hands down my frame and I tell it that it is well made. I look at myself in the mirror and when I eat, I declare that my physical body is so brilliant. It knows how to assimilate fat, nutrients, and minerals, it keeps what it needs and expels what it doesn’t. I love my body and I give thanks for its shape.
There have been seasons of struggle in my life with how I look. I felt angry, frustrated, and ashamed that I am not doing a better job of caring for my physical being. This usually comes after being on the internet for too long and listening to how others think of their bodies, or their beliefs of what people should do with food. This ultimate shame, leads me to overthinking how I eat and exercise.
I’ll find myself in a moment, deciding I need to change my diet. I think, I’ll eat so clean and I will exercise every day and I’ll lose even more weight. It’s like gripping water in a fist. I get focused, passionate, and strict. Stress floods my body as I keep track of every food that enters my mouth. This will go on for so long, until everything in me rebels. I used to consider this failure and I would get angry with my lack of willpower. It wouldn’t matter how long I would follow the eating plan, weight gain was always the result. Frustrated, I would lose my goal and vision; food would become my struggle and shame.
Every time I come back to physical acceptance and transforming my thoughts and beliefs, my body lines up. Weight falls off, energy builds, and I feel wonderful. In order to maintain this, I have to guard the things I look at.
This is difficult in our diet crazed society. We are convinced that we are just a moment away from the ultimate body and perfect health.
Yes, we can nourish our bodies with healthy food, and we should. Yes, we can strengthen our physicality and internal being through exercise, and we should.
However, as you embark on caring and nourishing your body - let it lead from a sense of acceptance and love.
As you run enjoy the movement, the flood of oxygen, and the strength you are acquiring. Enjoy the motions, the being. When you choose food that will nourish you, delight in the aromas, the sense of eating. Be grateful. Pray before you eat, whisper a blessing that every bite you consume is transforming your health and giving you life.
There is such a great deal of shame surrounding our nation with what we eat. We are a people constantly counting calories, macros, fats, and sugar content. We adhere to a scientific guideline believing our bodies to be machines - what you put in will therefore be what you get out. However, if you watch two people eat the exact same food, one may gain and the other lose. Because calories, satiety, and nutrients don’t matter as much as belief and kind words.
I am a combination of positive thought, occasional exercise, and a decent diet. I enjoy my food, try to move every day, and delight in my form.
This has taken years of cultivating, but it is so worthwhile. I hope you will take time today to enjoy your body. Practice loving, blessing, and delighting in it’s shape, it’s movement, it’s strength. I truly believe that you will enjoy physical transformation if you speak gently and kindly to this body you have been given.
Let your words run like honey until your beliefs and your days line up with your truths.
It is really, as simple as that.