Some say we are what we eat. What if we've been fed wrong perceptions of our bodies and our selves? Does that make us full of false beliefs? We often carry around old hurts that we allow to taint our truth about who we are and what we are made of. Many of us have been body shamed, made to feel weak, given the impression we should use our bodies for power or to please others. Many of us have been harmed physically, sexually and emotionally through the path of our bodies... rejected in some way or disempowered. Sometimes, we have even found ways to physically harm ourselves to release the deeper pain within or we've learned that someone we love has done this to him or herself.
Our bodies can be our greatest teachers, and they can also be the most abused by the world and by our minds. It's time to let go of the need to harm our bodies through forgiveness. Gabby Bernstein, through A Course in Miracles, shows us that when we do not release the pain inflicted on our bodies through forgiveness, we repeat the harm inflicted throughout our lives. To me, it's like we relive the trauma as if scar tissue or an old wound that doesn't allow us to flex and breathe or function properly.
Repeat the affirmation: "Forgiveness restores my body back to love" multiple times today.
It may be scary to try to figure out how to forgive, but, this is where faith comes in. If we can allow ourselves to become aware of our wounds and offer them up to our "ING" (our inner guide) we can place trust that it will be healed.
Become aware of the wrong perceptions you've held of your body through insult, injury or attack by yourself or others. Release by allowing the inner guide to know our dark secrets and show them the light. These secrets have been our decision to trust Ego rather than spirit.
Write the ING a letter telling your secrets and trust that these secrets will be lifted or weakened, allowing your strength of love to multiply.
Our purpose is to love and be loved. Fusing our fear with our faith is a way to transform our old hurts into a more graceful, faithful practice.
Love yourself today.