Self Love: Practicing Acceptance
Buckle up Osmosis beauties, this post is about to get deep! In honor of the month of love we wanted to reach out to you and remind you just how important and beautiful you are! Self love is an incredibly difficult practice to master. With the media telling us we should look one way and our brains telling us why we are not good enough and our own fear getting in the way of our potential, we wanted to provide you with some tips to help snuff out those thoughts and get you on track to an incredible life, where you are the self-loving star!
1. Brain Talk: Our brains are so vast and science has hit many strides in understanding the human psychology, but there are still so many emotional reactions that have yet to be understood by science, it's hard sometimes to navigate how to solve them. Many of us feel that fear, self doubt, and our abilities to be incredibly hard on ourselves should be completely ignored, or removed from our thoughts to function, BUT we actually need those emotions to grow so there can be room for both positive and negative thoughts. So many times we try to ignore the negative, pushing the bad feeling down as deep as they can go. Unfortunately that only helps those thoughts fester, until they pop up without warning, sending us into a bit of a tailspin. Instead of shying away from the negative, try our Body Talk exercise, even if you have a positive view of your body, you can replace the body part with an emotion. Do this meditation once a week, working on a different issue/emotion each time. Allow yourself to feel both positive and negative emotions, let them live together and provide a harmonious friendship between the two. You'll find that forcing your good and bad emotions to work together can provide you with great insight and power.
2. Mirror Challenge: Ladies, listen up! We have all had those days where our jeans don't fit right, we regret what we ate the night before, we feel unattractive and can't bare to look in the mirror. When those feelings hit, do just that! Strip and stand in front of your mirror. Take a good, loving look at your body. Give it a little respect by thanking it for getting you to today. Thank your legs (just how they are) for carrying you through your life. Thank your midsection for housing your vital organs, thank your arms for giving you the strength to lift yourself and others up each day. Thank your face and head, for housing your powerful, wonderful brain and for providing yourself with expression that lets others know just who you are. Do this every morning before you hop in the shower and continue to do it until you believe it, because you are beautiful just the way you are!
3. One hour of self work: One hour a day, is something you should gift yourself. Turn off your phone, your TV, and your laptop. Take this time to just sit with yourself, journal, talk to yourself, draw, do something that can give you insight. This time is for you to navigate through your feelings. Explore what you can do for yourself, explore what toxins (literal or figurative) should be cleansed from your life. At the end of each week, take a mental inventory of what came up in your daily hours. Journal how you feel about them and ideas that can help polish them up, then put that plan into action the following week. Keep the focus small and attainable.
4. Accept that you are who you are: Once you have done these three exercises for at least thirty days, reflect on how you feel about yourself. Accept that some of your "flaws" are what makes you who you are, accept that you now have the power to let those "flaws" live in harmony with your strengths. Admire the power you have to compartmentalize your good and bad emotions. If you find you need a little extra help with this, take a few pumps of Body Talk to give you a little extra boost. Post a little affirmation to your bathroom mirror so you can see it every morning. It can be as simple as a post-it with the word "Acceptance" on it.
We know that some of these tasks may seem silly, but the first step to loving yourself is to be just a little silly! Check out our year of Empowerment and let us know here, how your journey is going!