So, I woke up this morning with pretty bad back pain. Apparently, finding and embracing your abdominals after 2-3 years of ignoring they exist means some hit and miss on using the right muscles when strengthening. It is STRANGE, I tell you, how I pretended they didn’t exist without knowing it. And because of this, I had some major shame attached to them. (“I know I have this stomach that I hate, but I’m going to hide it behind bad posture and pillows in front of me.”) Think about it – emotions are the same way – if we reject jealousy, for example, we shame it and think it’s “bad” and hide it from others.
So, needless to say, the first step in my journey of “tummy love” begins with simple awareness. So, I did the following things –
- sat up straight
- let my stomach expand in all its glory
- caught myself when I went to put a pillow in front of me
- and breathed into it. Good, deep breaths.
You have no idea how much this helped.
It was like, “Hey there stomach, nice to see you after mistreating you for so long! I acknowledge that you exist, and by doing this, I see you the way you are.”
Acceptance. Simple presence.
I’m sure some judgmental yoo-hoo out there thinks I’m wacko, but I’m cool with that. I’m done with the body hatred, and I’m willing to do anything to get rid of it.
I turn to chakras for today’s inspiration. We have 7 chakras, and the 3rd, the Solar Plexus, is your core. According to www.chakra-anatomy.com, it “is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, and your discipline…. it allows you to transform inertia into action and movement. It allows you to meet challenges and mover forward in your life…it is the centre of your self-esteem. Every time you judge or criticize yourself, you deplete this chakra and weaken your willpower. Self love, self acceptance, and acknowledgement of your own worth are the building blocks of the third chakra.”
Now why would I want to hide something like that?
(Image provided by www.chakra-anatomy.com)