“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Taking care of our bodies starts with simple self-acceptance, and self-acceptance comes from knowing the truth in the above quote, that this one body that we have been given is our only place we have to live. Thanks to an email exchange with a fellow reader, I snagged this statement from her email signature; I really couldn’t have said it any better. It’s so powerfully simple that it is worth re-stating: take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.
So, as I take care of my corporal house today, I will care for it in the same way that I care for my physical house — with much pride and love. I love my house, and so too do I love my body. I even love my thighs.
This love didn’t come naturally to me, it took me ten years to get to a place where I can openly and honestly state such things, but, such love starts somewhere. If you want to be able to love your thighs the same way that I love mine, start saying it out-loud. Tell yourself now that you already love your body. You may not believe yourself at first, but, I promise, eventually the message will sink in. You mind and body believe the thoughts you think and speak, so speak yourself into realizing the beauty that you already have.