Love your body! Accept your body! Be happy with your body!
There was a time in my recovery that I got so angry over all the body positivity prompts and everyone telling me that I needed to be kind to my body and be grateful for my body. I swear (and I did)…if I had to hear one more person tell me to love my body, I was going to SCREAM!!!
I understood the intention. It is a message that needs to be shared and spread. It’s an important one, too! Every body is a worthy body!
…but what made me angry about this is that everybody was continually telling me to do something I just couldn’t do.
I wanted to do it. I tried to do it. I really did! I just couldn’t seem to get there.
In the end, what I needed to do for myself was to allow myself to feel the anger I had for my body. I needed to be allowed to be angry and experience these dark feelings…without someone telling me to think positively, turn your mind, look at all the positive…
This doesn’t mean that I allowed myself to trash my body. I was actively working towards recovery so I didn’t just say, “To heck with it!” and go haywire. But I did allow myself to say the words…”I hate you body. I’m really angry with you body.”
It was hard to do. It hurt like hell. It also felt really good to give myself permission to feel what I felt. And, interestingly, as I began to allow myself to feel the anger, I allowed in a sense of appreciation I hadn’t known was there. ❤️
Emotional healing played a BIG part in my recovery…anger is a scary emotion, true, but it doesn’t mean it’s bad.
It may not be safe to act on anger in the way that your emotion makes you feel like you want to…but feeling angry, being angry…totally OKAY!
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