You may wonder how the title of this post has anything to do with health and fitness. Well friend, it actually has everything to do with it. When it comes to our body image, we often will find ourselves wishing to look or be a certain way, and when we don't achieve that we instead replace that desire with shame or guilt for not meeting our expectations.
Humans punish themselves endlessly for not being what they believe they should be. - D. Ruiz, The Four Agreements
In fact, no one abuses us more than we abuse ourselves. We have an internal belief system, a judge, and also a victim, all wrapped up into one psyche that are playing constant tug of war against one another. We judge ourselves for not aligning with our beliefs, and then instead of doing something about it we instead feel that it's okay to be a victim of our circumstances. Our judge can be mercilessly powerful in controlling our thoughts: I'm stupid, ugly, fat, worthless, weak, old, powerless, and on and on. I know you've done this. I've done it too.
In your whole life, no one has ever abused you more than you have abused yourself. And the limit of your self-abuse is exactly the limit you will tolerate from someone else. - D. Ruiz, The Four Agreements
Obviously, our words have power. They have the power to abuse ourself or others, and on the opposite extreme, to empower and uplift ourself and others. If we want to find a life of joy and fulfillment, we must allow our words to be kind, especially with ourselves, because ultimately, it is very hard to emit love and positivity to others when we can't even do that with ourselves. It is my hope that today you can be light, and that you do something that uplifts yourself and maybe even someone else too!
Have a beautiful day. <3