Body positivity is all well and good, but what’s on the inside matters too. Are you positive on the inside? Are you happy? Healthy? Truly satisfied? Is your self-esteem an issue? Have you conquered your demons? Are you demanding and resentful? All of these things reveal the true inner workings that must be tackled and dealt with for positive wholeness. Don’t be afraid of what you carry on the inside, but do face it in a positive way, knowing that in so doing you are cleaning house, sweeping your inner self free and clear so that all of you may be free and clear, and so that you may achieve true body positivity and wholeness. Think positive, but also act in a positive manner towards the self, inside and outside. Positivity is what you know to be true, not what you impose or pose as positive. Seek wholeness within and without, and then you will truly love your body as it is, in a most positive way!
What have you been thinking about yourself? That you aren’t enough? That you aren’t doing things right? That you are this or that? Maybe your thoughts aren’t right. Maybe you are really just fine. Old negative thoughts have a way of sticking around, telling you the same things over and over again until you believe them, but maybe they were never right to begin with. Imagine your mind freed of its usual thoughts. Who would you be without them? If you stopped telling yourself the things you always tell yourself you’d probably be just fine, near perfect just as you are. Change your thoughts, change your life. It really could be that simple!
Moderation and balance are necessary. Their opposites, excess and imbalance, result in chaos, illness, and loss. Allow limitation into your life, in all areas, in order to achieve moderation and balance and so that chaos, illness, and loss may reduce, and so that your own negative impact upon your body and your life may be limited and balance maintained. In so doing, your negative impact upon the planet will reduce as well, for it is time for all humans to think beyond themselves, for there are other humans and other living creatures that are impacted by how the human being lives. All must take responsibility by doing their part to save the planet. Keep moderation and balance in your mind and in your actions, at all times. Limit yourself and limit your negative impact upon the planet and upon all other living beings. For this reason alone, limitation is good. Act personally and you also act globally.
If a desired change is not happening, we must search for hidden influences. Often, the thoughts of others greatly limit what we allow ourselves to become. The Shamans of Ancient Mexico lived lives of virtual anonymity to avoid the expectations of others from limiting their freedom.
The socializing effect of our family of origin, as well as how we were seen and treated by peers, becomes encoded in our young psyches. These internalized definitions can unconsciously become hardwired beliefs that contradict our conscious intent.
Perhaps a sibling was assigned the role of the smart one. By default and comparison we become the not smart one. This can extend to creativity, athletic prowess, or physical designations such as the pretty, handsome, or overweight one. Again, these internalized beliefs become subconscious rules of how we manifest physically, cognitively, and emotionally.
Outside influences actually extend to our genetic coding, which exacts its own impact upon our personhood from the accumulated experiences of our ancient family line. How often do we feel powerless over the dictates of our genes?
It is not helpful to blame anyone for anything because in doing so we surrender our power and become victims. Thus, to blame our genes, our families, or our peers for our limitations is to agree to be limited. Far better to employ our energy in discovering how we limit ourselves by upholding an imposed belief about ourselves.
Anything is indeed possible, but only if we can locate and dismantle the limiting beliefs we have accumulated throughout our lifetime. One method to achieve this is in recapitulation. We might select a vignette from our history when someone judged us negatively.
As we perform the sweeping breath, moving the head from side to side while reliving the vignette, we breathe in our own energy and exhale the energy of the other person, freeing ourselves of the negative internalized judgment that has ruled us.
Another approach to override internalized beliefs is through the power of suggestion. Only this time the suggestion comes from the conscious self, not the influence of others. For suggestion to take root, we must first achieve a deep state of relaxation. Pranayama breathing and whole body relaxation foster this.
Just the fact that we can tell our bodies to relax, and then experience it begin to happen, underscores the control we exact over manifesting our intent. Once deeply relaxed, we state clearly and succinctly our intention. Suggestions might be: body lose weight; body restore health; brain improve memory.
Trust that the body is fully capable of knowing how to accomplish the suggestion; it simply requires the command to do so. Do not attach to the outcome. Consistently repeat the relaxation and suggestion process.
Watch for synchronicities or life events that will bring to the surface encounters with limiting beliefs. Use recapitulation to untie the knot of your attachment to an old idea, as your energy is freed for the furthering of your intent. This might even take us into our remote ancestry where we disengage from a family myth that has haunted our intended fulfillment.
Beyond belief all things are possible. Free the self from the beliefs that bind you, as you discover your unlimited potential.
The word to remember often throughout this day is containment. Contain your energy; contain your urges and desires so that your energy is not compromised or overextended. Be contented with what is for this day. Go with the flow of it, knowing that its minor inconveniences will soon pass. Remain innerly strong and confident that in the long run all will be well and that the most important thing is to remain calm and contained, innerly and outerly. In fact, this is the best way to be at all times. Practice containment today.