We can wage a war against our Bodies. Or we can love and cherish and make peace with our Bodies. We can focus on those last few pounds. Or we can see the Radiance that flows from our bodies, into our souls, and from our souls, to the whole world. The choice is ours to make. Every moment. Every day.
We live in world where the diet/nutrition industry is a multi-billion dollar industrial complex. It profits by encouraging us to believe we are fat and ugly and covered with “trouble zones” that must be changed immediately. Youtubes on guided meditations have a few thousand views, while low budget at-home exercise videos taught by untrained amateurs are viewed by a million people. (And yes, admittedly, I have viewed both.)
We look to juice fasts, paleontology, Low Carb, Low Sugar, Lemon & Cayenne, Jillian Michaels, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Dr. Atkins, Dr. Oz and so many others for the answers we are seeking–how to help us get a body we can love. We think that if we can only get down to [*insert magic number here*] pounds, then we will finally be happy with our bodies, and happy with ourselves–able to accomplish all of our dreams.
Until that magic number– and usually even after that number– many people spend their days with an anxious, bossy beast in their minds. Don’t eat that, why did you eat that, ten more minutes of cardio, no more carbs, lose five more pounds. Or, if you could only give up sugar, if you could only eat less bread, if you could only go vegan, then you would feel better about yourself and your diet.
Now I’m no nutrition or diet expert, but what I do know about is conditional Love. And this Bossy Beast creature seems too often to take us beyond the desire to make healthy choices for ourselves, for our bodies, for our energy, for the environment. Rather, that Bossy Beast can cross the line to overly judgmental. The Beast tells us that we are not already good enough now, that we have to do or accomplish something in order to receive our own unconditional love. Maybe it’s that we have to be a size 4 or have a specific weight. But our self judgment can extend to all sorts of areas of our lives. Maybe your beast says that you need to find a relationship, or have a book published, or win a road race, or get certain grades, or achieve a promotion or have a certain job in order to be fully worth of all joy and happiness.
Whatever you Bossy Beast might be saying, it’s bound to lead you to great unhappiness. I mean, seriously, who wants a bunch of rules placed on themselves? Life is hard enough. But even more importantly–the judgment and conditions are a barrier to living our true Radiance. It is getting in the way of our ability to pour out loving kindness into the world, to be grounded in our true potential, to be as loving and kind and caring to ourselves first and then to others as we can possibly be. And it’s getting in the way of us being able to love ourselves enough to dream our biggest dreams and believe with every inch of ourselves that we can make these dreams happen.
How can we have the loving creative space in ourselves if even a tiny part of us really believes that we are not yet lovable, that we are imperfect, that we are insufficient? And if we can’t free up that loving creative space, then we won’t be able to soar like we need to soar, to create the love we need to create to attract the right people to our lives for that relationship, career, health, inner peace we are seeking.
The Law of Radiance reminds us that in any situation, we can choose to have peace. We can choose to see our own strengths–physical and mental. We can choose to act from a place of love rather than a place of fear/ anger/frustration/imperfection/judgment. Whether it’s in a relationship with our partner or a relationship with ourselves and our bodies. WE CAN CHOOSE TO LOVE.
People spend years of their life at war with their bodies. Wishing they could cut parts away. Actually cutting parts away. Allowing their weight and diet to dictate whether they will have a good day or a bad day. Secretly believing that, if they could only look differently, then they could be loved, feel attractive, find someone to love them.
The Law of Radiance sheds light on a new diet and workout plan–one that is centered on love of ourselves and appreciation and respect for these miraculous bodies. When we are motivated by a Love for ourselves, a desire to be as healthy as we can be, to take the best care of ourselves as we can so we can live long and be strong and flourish with energy, we can be healthier and happier. It’s a completely different approach from what many of us have subscribed to in the past–the diet plan that is rooted in fear of food/our bodies/our love handles. (PS–wouldn’t we want love handles?)
When we sit and grasp our own Radiance, we know that we are already beautiful and perfect in this exact moment, exactly as we are. No matter what our weight is. Or no matter how much money we have accumulated. Our Radiance, our light, our love–this is our true self. This is where our power is. This is where our happiness lies. Knowing this and embodying this love is what makes us most beautiful, most attractive, most fulfilled. Our bodies are here to serve as our gorgeous homes, our mothers and our fathers and our relatives reflected in our flesh. Our body is the vehicle through which we get to express our joy, to dance around naked, to giggle and have fun, to find divine pleasure, to share our gifts and jokes and presence with the world. Our body is the ultimate tool for our self expression. And we have so much love and beauty and art to express.
How can we take the best care of ourselves? How can we feed ourselves the food that most nourishes us? How can we move our bodies in ways that make us strong and help us to live our days feeling good, living long and healthy lives? How can we care and respect our beautiful bodies and this earth we are sharing and all its beautiful inhabitants? How can we develop an exercise program to strengthen our hearts literally and figuratively, rather than to “blast fat and burn calories”?
It’s a shift in our perspective. From a place of self hate/dislike/judgment/condition to a place of love, of Radiance, of Peace.
Radiant Body Exercise
The next time you are starting to have that Bossy Beast voice creeping up on you, try the Law of Radiance Radiant Body exercise. Or, each time you get out of the shower, stand naked, and look at yourself in the mirror and say out loud:
I am beautiful. I am loved. I am grateful for all that my body does for me, and so I take the best care of myself. I eat healthy food and exercise regularly to take care of me. I do this so I can live a long, healthy life. I do this so I can be the best I can be for myself and for people I love. I do this so I can have fun and make an impact in the world. I am strong and growing stronger everyday.
Then, throughout the day whenever you catch a glimpse of yourself in a mirror, say your Radiant affirmation again: I appreciate my body. I honor my Radiance. And I take good care of myself so that I can be strong and kind and happy.
By using these affirmations on a regular basis, we can replace our Bossy Beast voice with our Radiant voice, our true voice that is one with our vision of love and beauty and wholeness. When you are relating to your body from your Radiant self, you create the foundation for greeting the rest of your life from your Radiant self.